The United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers Union of America (UE) has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the Management of WBAI-New York (99.5 FM) for refusing to bargain in good faith during the current contract negotiations. The charges were filed in the midst of WBAI Management's ongoing attempts to bust the Union at the station. WBAI is owned by the Pacifica Foundation, which formerly prided itself on pushing forward a progressive agenda. WBAI Management has used delaying tactics to avoid actually bargaining with the Union, and has tried to use a "Clarification of Unit" procedure to get the National Labor Relations Board to remove 90% of the Collective Bargaining Unit from the bargaining process. WBAI Management has also attempted to impose a completely new contract of its own on the staff of WBAI, ignoring the previous contract and the nine years of past practice at WBAI. Management has also, at times, refused to meet more than once or twice a month for contract negotiation. The case, number 2-CA-29563, was filed by UE International Representative Bruce Klipple on behalf of the staff of WBAI. Below is the statement given by Mr. Klipple to the National Labor Relations Board. "For the past six months, and continuing to date, the Employer, through its officers, agents and representatives, failed and refused to bargain in good faith by refusing to meet at reasonable times and confer in good faith with respect to wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment, or the negotiation of a successor collective bargaining agreement, in violation of Sections 8(a)(1) and (5) and 8(d) of the Act, as amended." "For the past six months, and continuing to date, the Employer, through its officers, agents and representatives, has failed and refused to bargain in good faith, by engaging in overall bad faith bargaining and by refusing to negotiate any provisions of a successor agreement for over ninety (90%) per cent of the collective bargaining unit, in violation of Sections 8(a)(1) and (5) and 8(d) of the Act." "By the above and other acts, the above named employer has interfered with, restrained and coerced employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in Section 7 of the Act." Pacifica Foundation rules prohibit the mention or discussion of any issues related to Pacifica or any Pacifica station, including WBAI, if Management does not like the subject matter involved, so broadcasters are not permitted to discuss these issues on the air.
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