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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’s hand-picked managers re-program 45 hours of KPFA’s airtime, cancel 9AM Democracy Now!

KPFA staff were shocked to receive an email yesterday evening from two interim KPFA managers, Andrew Phillips and Carrie Core, announcing the most sweeping programming changes to KPFA’s grid in at least a decade, including removing the 9 AM broadcast … Continue reading

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Pacifica rehires Brian Edwards-Tiekert, but not for the Morning Show

A vindication of KPFA’s workers’ rights today, as Pacifica management reverses itself and puts former Morning Show co-host Brian Edward-Tiekert back to work, with back pay. But the position he is returning to is in the KPFA newsroom, not at … Continue reading

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San Francisco supervisors tell Pacifica to negotiate over Morning Show layoffs

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors went on the record yesterday to urge Pacifica to negotiate a “favorable conclusion” to the crisis over the removal of the KPFA Morning Show. The vote on the resolution was 7-4. Supervisors John Avalos, … Continue reading

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Berkeley Labor Commission calls on Pacifica to “negotiate in good faith”

On Wednesday, the Berkeley Labor Commission met to discuss the conflict between KPFA’s union and Pacifica management.  Various workers spoke out against layoffs, the removal of the station’s biggest fund raising program, and the hiring of corporate management law firm, … Continue reading

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Sign the petition to bring back the Morning Show!

Listeners have started a petition to bring back the KPFA Morning Show, to be delivered to Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt. Engelhardt took the program off the air last week–which is KPFA’s most popular show and biggest fund raiser–and laid … Continue reading

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Exodus of staff of color from KPFA; Station cancels upcoming fund drive

the majority of the workers that Engelhardt laid off from the Morning Show are women and people of color, in a move that has led thousands of listeners to register their outrage with Pacifica. And all of the seven KPFA paid staff members who elected to take a voluntary severance are people of color, including Lewis Sawyer, Weyland Southon, Esther Manilla, Vini Beachem, Renee Geesler, and Amelia Gonzalez. Gonzalez quit last week as KPFA’s acting assistant general manager. KPFA’s interim General Manager announced that next week’s fund drive will be called off in the wake of massive response from listeners angry about the lay off of KPFA’s Morning Show staff. o for purported budgetary reason, Pacifica laid off its most successful program — and then just canceled the station’s fund drive. Now that’s sound financial planning. Continue reading

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Listeners speak out against KPFA Morning Show layoffs

On Tuesday, the KPFA Morning Show broadcast an unexpected forum on Pacifica Radio’s move to fire the show’s staff and pipe in programming from Los Angeles. Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt and Chief Financial Officer LaVarn Williams were invited on, … Continue reading

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