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KPFA-Pacifica Union History and Politics
by Bob English
Remembering the progressive missions and legacies of IWW labor organizer and working class song writer Joe Hill and Pacifica Radio founder Lew Hill. Highlighting, untangling threads of recent history/politics of Pacifica-KPFA workers unions, the industrial to craft unionism transition or coup underlying labor turmoil over 25 years, particularly differences/conflicts in union solidarity, representation or exclusion of unpaid workers. UEW industrial/inclusive vs. CWA craft/paid staff only unions, contracts and responses to the old Pacifica regime union busting strategy. 1997, 1999 NLRB decisions decertifying all unsalaried workers, and continuing consequences at KPFA: split-inequity of treatment, benefits and opportunity between union and unrepresented workers, blending of union and management, elite staff patronage/career culture and control, arbitrary terminations, lack of labor programming, manufactured labor dispute vs. excessive payroll and sustainable budget layoffs. Labor issues, "SaveKPFA" slate name contradictions and alternatives in the recent KPFA Station Board election.
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