Former Employees Take Over KPFA For Show On Layoffs
November 10, 2010 at 4:24 AM (PT)
PACIFICA noncommercial Variety KPFA/BERKELEY-SAN FRANCISCO was briefly taken over by former employees protesting layoffs at the station TUESDAY, reports the BERKELEY VOICE. The two-hour show by the former staff of the station's morning show, broadcast from a studio within the station with the help of a remaining staffer, took calls from listeners about the firings; PACIFICA Exec. Dir. ARLENE ENGELHARDT came on the air to explain the management's position that the layoffs were necessary to meet the station's next payroll.
The COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA Local 9415 has filed an Unfair Labor Practices charge against PACIFICA for alleged failure to bargain in good faith with the union over job cuts; KPFA let the entire staff of the local morning show go, including AIMEE ALLISON, BRIAN EDWARDS-TIEKERT (a member of the union bargaining committee), LAURA PRIVES and ESTHER MANILLA (a shop steward for the union), replaced by content from sister KPFK/LOS ANGELES.