SaveKPFA.org, a coalition of listeners, paid and unpaid staff, has launched a campaign to recall KPFA and Pacifica board member Tracy Rosenberg. Rosenberg is a key ally of Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt, who has imposed top-down purges and programming changes on KPFA despite widespread listener and staff opposition.
Rosenberg has admitted to drawing up a list of KPFA workers to lay off–out of seniority order–and presenting it at a secret management meeting last September. The list included Morning Show staffers Laura Prives (who was laid off on Engelhardt’s orders a little over a month later, but then had her layoff rescinded), Brian Edwards-Tiekert (who Pacifica had to reinstate, with back-pay, because his layoff breached the KPFA union contract), and Aimee Allison (whose reinstatement KPFA’s union is still fighting for). The destruction of the KPFA Morning Show has cost the station six-figure sums in lost fundraising, putting the jobs of other union workers at KPFA on the line, even as management refused pledges totaling enough money to reinstate Aimee Allison and restore the program.
You can find out more about the recall campaign here.