(eng) WBAI Bulletin #6]

Lyn Gerry (redlyn@loop.com)
Sat, 14 Dec 1996 23:27:37 +0000

Date: Sun, 15 Dec 1996 01:59:07 -0500
From: "R. Paul Martin" <rpmartin@interport.net>
Reply-to: rpmartin@interport.net
Organization: RPM Digital Services
To: redlyn@loop.com
Subject: [Fwd: WBAI Bulletin #6]

This is definitely for posting to the entire group.

B u l l e t i n !

A newsletter about the Contract negotiations at WBAI.
Presented by the WBAI Shop Committee
December 14, 1996
No. 6

WBAI General Manager Van Isler admits to spending $32,000 to fight the
Union, says other Pacifica stations have spent $30,000.

At the end of her report to the November 21, meeting of the WBAI
Local Board, General Manager Valerie Van Isler was asked by Unpaid
Staff representative Mimi Rosenberg how much money WBAI has spent
so far in fighting the Union. Van Isler immediately replied,
"$32,000," and then added, "but other stations have spent $30,000."
Besides the revelation that WBAI has spent $32,000 of listener
sponsored money to bust the Union at WBAI this statement also seems
to confirm the report from Lyn Gerry, former Chief Steward of KPFK,
that Pacifica spent $30,000 on the union busting firm American
Consulting Group (ACG). Pat Scott, Pacifica's Executive Director,
initially denied having spent any money at all on ACG. Then she
said they'd only spent $1,000. Valerie Van Isler's statement
about $30,000 certainly seems to indicate that some folks higher
up in the Pacifica hierarchy acknowledge the reality of the
$30,000 figure.

Working too hard for the money?
Valerie Van Isler says "go home!"

At one of the recent Contract negotiation meetings between the
Shop Committee and Management (And Management's lawyer) the topic of
paying Paid Staff for the amount of work they actually do at WBAI was
During the course of this discussion General Manager Van Isler
admitted that many part time Paid Staff work well beyond the number
of hours they are paid for. She also stated that some Paid Staff paid
to work full time, 35 hours a week, work way beyond that number of
hours. Her excuse for not even being willing to consider paying people
for the amount of time they actually work is that she has a budget
to adhere to and that she has to cut $50,000 out of it anyway.
Her bottom line counter to the Union's demand that Paid Staff be
paid for the amount of work they actually do was to tell us that
workers are paid for a specific number of hours of work and that,
"At the end of those hours they should go home."
Sounds like interesting advice. We wonder how she'd like it if
people did just that?

Medical Insurance benefits for part
time Paid Staff: a scary thought for

The Oxford Insurance company, which is WBAI's insurance carrier,
will insure workers paid to work 20 or more hours per week. The
current Contact allows for insurance benefits for "...all eligible
paid employees." Management's current Contract proposals include
language to change this to "full time Paid Staff" only.
Meanwhile, Management is very careful to avoid posting jobs that
call for 20 hours of work per week. Half time jobs, 17.5 hours per
week, are posted, but nothing between half and full time. In fact,
if Management would even just agree to count in a lunch half hour
for these half time jobs, which would add 2.5 hours per week to them,
the workers in current half time positions would be officially
working 20 hours per week and would be covered.
As a wake up call to Management there will be an informational
picket line outside the station on Tuesday December 17, from noon
to 2 PM. Demands for this demonstration will be: health insurance
for part time staff, maintenance of the current Collective Bargaining
Unit and the demand that management negotiate the Contract instead of
A contract negotiation session will be held at 7:00 PM that evening.
All may observe.