by Bob English
Joe and Lew Hill (1879-1915) – (1919-1957)
IWW and Pacifica Radio
Two named Hill, Lew following Joe a century ago, different national, cultural and class origins; both radical humanists who died young yet contributed so much to our world with unifying, progressive missions and legacies far beyond their lifetimes. Continue reading KPFA-Pacifica Union History and Politics
by Bob English.
I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you or me …
Swedish-American labor organizer, poet and songwriter Joe Hill was executed 100 years ago on Nov 19, 1915. Born Joel Emmanuel Hagglund, Oct 7, 1879, he emigrated to the US in 1902. Working on the West Coast as a migrant laborer in 1910, he joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the “Wobblies,” a radical union of immigrants (subjected to the anti-immigrant hysteria of that period), founded on the principle of One Big Industrial Union for all workers. Continue reading Joe Hill’s Last Will: 100 Years Later
The California Employment Development Department has denied Pacifica’s application for work sharing benefits for employees slashed to half-time due to Pacifica’s failure to negotiate with SAG-AFTRA prior to implementing reductions. Continue reading EDD Denies Pacifica Worksharing Benefits Due to Union Busting
Berkeley – On Thursday, the SAG-AFTRA labor union filed a demand for arbitration with the American Arbitration Association. The union stated to its members their position that Pacifica is in ongoing violation of the collective bargaining agreement. The Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Radio and Television Artists represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. Three of Pacifica’s four unionized stations are represented by SAG-AFTRA, one in Berkeley by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the Houston station remains non-unionized. Continue reading SAG-AFTRA Union Takes Pacifica Into Arbitration Alleging Bust of Collective Bargaining Agreement
The bargaining unit for KPFK’s SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild / American Federation of Radio and Television Artists) affiliated employees notifies members that the schedule reductions and layoffs announced by GM Radford on Monday at a staff meeting and later that evening on the radio station during a Report to the Listener, were not negotiated with nor agreed to by the labor union that represents the workers.
Continue reading SAG-AFTRA: KPFK Staff Reductions Never Negotiated With Union