Category Archives: Arlene Engelhardt

Arlene Engelhardt out, layoffs retracted; yet future of Pacifica remains uncertain

KPFA’s paid and unpaid workers celebrated the decision by the Pacifica National Board (PNB), under pressure, to not renew the contracts of Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt and Chief Financial Officer LaVarn Williams. Engelhardt subsequently sent a letter to KPFA’s … Continue reading

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Layoffs imminent at KPFA: vote YES on the KPFA recall to stop the next purge

[We received this message from KPFA’s Brian Edwards-Tiekert on June 29, 2012.] Hi everyone, If you’re a KPFA member, you should have just received what may be the most important KPFA ballot you ever get. It asks whether or not … Continue reading

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Pacifica bounces paychecks and breaks promise to obey labor law

Last month, workers around the Pacifica network, including KPFA, deposited their paychecks — and were shocked to have them bounce. KPFA had sufficient funds to cover its payroll, but Pacifica pools the payroll money of its five stations, and did … Continue reading

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Pacifica spins pension misappropriation, hires yet another law firm

Two months after KPFA’s union discovered that the station’s parent corporation Pacifica was illegally raiding the 403b pension funds of its union members for as long as 18 months, the network has finally admitted to workers that “during the past few … Continue reading

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Pacifica caught illegally shorting pensions of KPFA’s union workers

Members of KPFA’s union have discovered that Pacifica appears to be underpaying the 403(b) retirement accounts of its paid workers, which is a violation of federal law.  When employees received their quarterly statement from the 403b provider ING, they noticed … Continue reading

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Second San Francisco Labor Council resolution in support of KPFA workers

The San Francisco Labor Council is demanding that KPFA restore the Morning Show, including David Bacon’s labor segment. With a long round of applause after presentations by KPFA workers Antonio Ortiz and Laura Prives, delegates voted unanimously in support of a resolution observing that Pacifica had “spent … Continue reading

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KPFA managers to remove critic Sonali Kolhatkar from the air

KPFA’s interim managers admitted this week that they intend to remove a program by Sonali Kolhatkar, a critic of management, replacing it with a show by management ally Steve Zeltzer. Interim program director Carrie Core acknowledged plans to axe the weekly program Uprising, which originates … Continue reading

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KPFA’s fund drive takes a hit from Pacifica’s programming changes

KPFA’s Spring Fund Drive ended Wednesday, May 25, a little more than $80,000 short of goal. It was the longest fund drive at KPFA in at least a dozen years, clocking in at a full three-and-a-half weeks. The entire shortfall … Continue reading

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Take the SaveKPFA survey on programming changes!

Two and a half weeks ago, KPFA’s interim managers, Andrew Phillips and Carrie Core, announced the most sweeping reorganization of the station’s programming in at least a decade, to be implemented following KPFA’s spring fund drive. They rearranged KPFA’s program … Continue reading

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Pacifica takes corporate underwriting from Merrill Lynch/ Bank of America?

UPDATE: The $10,000 of funding which WBAI’s general manager initially reported as being from Wall Street firm Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, is actually $15,000 from Goldman Sachs Gives, according to Pacifica management. It’s unclear if any strings were attached, as … Continue reading

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