Press release about demo at Pacifica National Board meeting

Lyn Gerry (
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 16:09:10 +0000

Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 04:52:22 -0400
From: "R. Paul Martin" <>
Subject: Press release about demo at Pacifica National Board

R. Paul Martin September 25, 1996
Errol Maitland
Bruce Klipple

P r e s s R e l e a s e

For immediate release

Demonstration Against Pacifica Foundation
To Protest Union Busting and Secret Meetings
Friday, September 27, 1996, 4:00 to 7:00 PM

On Friday, producers, Paid Staff, Unpaid Staff and listeners from
WBAI-FM will hold a protest demonstration outside the Tudor Hotel, at
304 E. 42 St. in Manhattan, site of the Pacifica Foundation's National
Board meeting.
Demonstrators will be calling for an end to the Pacifica Foundation's
policy of attempting to bust the Union at WBAI by removing 90% of the
current Collective Bargaining Unit from Union protection, and they'll be
demanding an end to the long series of Pacifica National Board meetings
which have been held in secret over the past two years. The National
Board is the self-perpetuating Board of Directors which is legally in
charge of the Pacifica Foundation.
In the current round of Contract negotiations WBAI Management has
demanded that the Unpaid Staff of WBAI, who have been a part of the
Union since its inception in 1987, be removed from the Collective
Bargaining Unit and denied any protection by the Union.
Unpaid Staff have always been the largest category of workers at WBAI,
and while performing work in every area of the station, they represent
the majority of on-air voices and producers. WBAI Management has said
that the demand to remove the Unpaid Staff from the Union comes from the
Pacifica Foundation.
Besides betraying its long time on-air stance of supporting Unions and
workers by attempting to bust the WBAI Union, and employing the services
of the Union busting firm called The American Consulting Group, the
Pacifica Foundation's National Board has held all but a couple of hours
of its last two year's of meetings in secret sessions, which many
believe is in violation of the California Sunshine Laws and of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting's rules for stations receiving
public funds.
Besides the Pacifica Foundation spending $30,000 on the union busting
firm, WBAI has also spent listener-sponsors' money on legal expenses to
try and get the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to remove the
Unpaid Staff, and one Paid Staff member, from the Collective Bargaining
Unit at WBAI.
WBAI's workers are represented by amalgamated Local 404 of the United
Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (U.E.). The U.E. has
filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against WBAI Management over its
conduct in the current Contract negotiations.