Berkeley City Council to discuss KPFA

On Tuesday, February 8, the Berkeley City Council will consider a resolution on the crisis at KPFA. San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors already went on record in early January urging Pacifica to negotiate over the removal of the KPFA Morning Show, which has created “great disruption” and concern among listeners (who have been writing and calling by the thousands). 

Here’s the the resolution under consideration and the background from Berkeley’s labor commission. Bay Area elected officials and a long list of educators have also voiced their concerns.

Pacifica executive director Arlene Engelhardt laid off Morning Show hosts Aimee Allison and Brian Edwards-Tiekert, in violation of the Communications Workers of America Local 9415 union contract and replaced them with her political allies.

Charges against Pacifica before the National Labor Relations Board are pending. Three Bay Area labor councils have come out in support of the workers, and many of KPFA’s unpaid programmers have declared their solidarity, including long-time labor programmer David Bacon.

Please take a moment to email Berkeley’s city council members with your support of KPFA’s workers. Or, you may reach them by phone. If you’d like to attend, the city council meeting will take place Tuesday, February 8 at 7 pm at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr Way. Arrive early if you’d like to sign up for pubic comment.

Two new fact sheets are now available on the situation: What’s going on at KPFA? and A short labor history of KPFA. Feel free to print and circulate them.

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