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R. Paul Martin (Chief Steward) rpmartin@interport.net--------------------------------- February 19, 1997
Errol Maitland (Shop Steward) 212-279-0707
Bruce Klipple (Union Representative) 1-610-832-0888

P r e s s R e l e a s e

For immediate release


Must Recognize Unpaid Staff as Members of

Collective Bargaining Unit

Ruling seen to thwart Management attempt to bust Union

WBAI Business Director also ruled to be in CBU

In a decision dated February 12, 1997, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)Region 2 has ordered that the Unpaid Staff of New York City radio station WBAI-FMcontinue to be included in the existing Collective Bargaining Unit (CBU).

Last year the Management of the progressive WBAI-FM had been ordered by itsparent Pacifica Foundation to file a "Clarification of Unit" petition with the NLRB seeking toremove those classified as Unpaid Staff from the CBU. This action was designed to destroythe Union by removing about 90% of the Collective Bargaining Unit. WBAI Management alsopetitioned the NLRB to remove the bookkeeper, whose job was renamed "Business Director,"from the CBU. The NLRB ruled that this position should remain in the CBU as well.

In the 15-page decision Daniel Silverman, Regional Director for the NLRB, said that,"Monetary compensation does not appear to be an indicium of an 'employee,'" and he furtherruled that, "Based on evidence of common supervision, integration of work and the contactamong employees, I have concluded that the unpaid staff and paid staff share a strongcommunity of interest. .... Accordingly, the unpaid staff should remain in the existing unit."

Union members at WBAI see these rulings as a major victory in their 11-month effortto prevent Pacifica/WBAI Management from busting their Union, which is part of Local 404of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE). The Union nowhopes to conclude negotiations with Management on a Contract that covers all of the workersat WBAI-FM. The UE has represented WBAI workers since 1987.

Despite a series of record breaking fund raisers, WBAI Management has demanded anumber of financial give backs from the Paid Staff, and a "No Strike Clause" which wouldprohibit even informational picket lines at what was formerly described as "Free speechradio, WBAI-New York." Such clauses in other institutions' contracts have been denounced onWBAI's air in the past. WBAI Management also wants to make some current Paid Staff"employees at will."

The petition regarding the Unpaid Staff was case # 2-UC-517, and the one regardingthe Business Director was case # 2-UC-496.

Pacifica rules prohibit the mention or discussion on the air of any issues related to thePacifica Foundation or any Pacifica station, including WBAI, without prior Managementapproval.


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