KPFA’s union workers have passed a resolution endorsing the Oakland general strike on November 2nd and supporting the movements across the country opposing corporate greed.
“KPFA’s union stands in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement around the country and supports the Oakland general strike and day of mass action,” read the statement passed by the station’s bargaining unit.
The station’s paid staff, who are represented by CWA Local 9415, have been working in coalition with unpaid staff and listeners to return local control, transparency and fiscal responsibility to KPFA and its parent network, Pacifica.
KPFA’s union workers recently discovered that Pacifica has been raiding their pension funds, in violation of federal law. Late last year, Pacifica violated KPFA’s union contract when it laid off workers from the popular Morning Show and subsequently hired an anti-union law firm at $400 an hour, forcing KPFA to pay tens of thousands of dollars to fight its own workers. KPFA management has also targeted unpaid staff who have critically reported on the actions of interim general manager Andrew Phillips.
Meanwhile, the listener petition submitted to KPFA/Pacifica demanding a recall vote on Pacifica treasurer Tracy Rosenberg is currently stalled by management. Given management’s conflict of interest, listeners have been signing this petition urging that Pacifica immediately delegate responsibility for oversight of the election to a neutral third-party.
KPFA will broadcast live from the Oakland general strike on Wednesday from 10am to 1pm and from 3 to 6pm. The broadcasts can be heard at 94.1FM on KPFA in the San Francisco Bay Area, 88.1FM on KFCF in the Central Valley, and streaming online at kpfa.org.