KPFA’s listeners stepped up to pledge their financial support during the station’s Spring Fund Drive as an act of solidarity with KPFA’s workers. Thanks to you, pledges for our matching fund are now over $13,000! If you’ve already pledged, please ask a friend to join you!
KPFA’s fund drive is on track to come in $150,000 short because of Pacifica management’s decision to remove the top grossing program from KPFA’s air, the Morning Show. KPFA’s workers appealed to all listeners to make “a pledge in support of KFPA’s workers” to keep management from making further retaliatory layoffs and program changes.
Donations have come from a wide variety of listeners, including union members (see some of their comments below). KPFA’s workers and their supporters have been passing the hat at union halls, according to California Labor Federation blog.
“KPFA and the staff and volunteers who devote their lives to it are an irreplaceable community resource,” wrote SEIU member David Aneyci, as he made his online donation. “We cannot let it be taken away from us.”
“KPFA workers contribute by accepting modest salaries for their work. The least listeners can do is to support their union,” Lorna Tobler wrote. ” I worked for a living for over half a century. Unions made it possible for me to support myself in retirement.”
So far members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, American Federation of Teachers, United Food and Commercial Workers, American Postal Workers Union, AFSCME, Communications Workers of America, Office and Professional Employees International Union, International Association of Machinists, amongst other unions — as well as many listeners who are not in unions — have donated in support of KPFA’s paid and unpaid workers.