Exchange between David Bacon, Morning Show labor programmer, and Arlene Engelhardt, Pacifica CEO

—– Original Message —–
From: “David Bacon”
> >>To: “Arlene Engelhardt”
> >>Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 5:59 PM
> >>Subject: RE: invitation
> >>
>> >>>Why didn’t you just say that you’d just laid off the entire Morning Show
>> >>>staff? This kind of secretiveness is foolish and unsustainable, but even
>> >>>more, is a fundamental violation of everything listener-sponsored and
>> >>>community radio is all about. I don’t know how you worked in Tampa, but
>> >>>I can’t imagine if went over very well there either.
>> >>>
>> >>>Station staff, paid and unpaid, have fundamental rights as workers.
>> >>>Further, listeners have the right to expect that those responsible for
>> >>>the station will respect those rights, will negotiate solutions to
>> >>>problems, and will avoid confrontations that endanger the station in the
>> >>>pursuit of personal agendas. You have no right to hold the jobs and
>> >>>rights of people at the station hostage to your personal agenda, or to
>> >>>endanger the station and sieze control of programming to advance it.
>> >>>
>> >>>You’re not the station manager or program director. So far as I know,
>> >>>Pacifica and KPFA bylaws give you no authority to preempt programming, or
>> >>>to decide what programming should or shouldn’t be aired on the station.
>> >>>I do not consider my show preempted.
>> >>>
>> >>>David Bacon
>> >>>
>> >>>
>> >>>
>>> >>>>This is notice that the Morning Show is being preempted Wednesday. I
>>> >>>>can
>>> >>>>give you more information later in the week. Thanks for the invitation.
>>> >>>>I
>>> >>>>will discuss with the listeners in a few days.
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>>Arlene Engelhardt, Executive Director
>>> >>>>Pacifica Foundation
>>> >>>>1925 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
>>> >>>>Berkeley, CA 94704-1037
>>> >>>>510-849-2590, ext. 208
>>> >>>>510-402-9880 (cell)
>>> >>>>510-849-2617 (fax)
>>> >>>>arlene@pacifica.org
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>>—–Original Message—–
>>> >>>>From: David Bacon [mailto:dbacon@igc.org]
>>> >>>>Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 12:47 PM
>>> >>>>To: arlene@pacifica.org
>>> >>>>Subject: invitation
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>>Hi Arlene —
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>>I’m the host of the labor segment of the Morning Show on KPFA, which
>>> >>>>airs at 7:30 AM on Wednesday mornings. This coming Wednesday I’d
>>> >>>>like to talk about the alternative budget proposal the union at KPFA
>>> >>>>has put forward as an alternative to staff layoffs. I’d like to
>>> >>>>invite one of the union stewards to come on to present the proposal,
>>> >>>>an invite you to present the response by Pacifica to it. This would
>>> >>>>go from about 7:35 or 7:40 to 8:00.
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>>Could you let me know if you’d be willing to do this?
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>>Thanks.
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>>David Bacon
>>> >>>>–
>>> >>>>__________________________________
>>> >>>>
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>>> >>>>http://dbacon.igc.org
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>>__________________________________