by Jake ThomasAiring of Grievances
Amid Culture Change, KBOO Votes for Union
As we all know, the only acceptable media coverage of Our Glorious Struggle are unqualified praise of the Cause, Our Leader and complete demonizing of FITCH.
The article fails on these points in many places:
"But a management push to shore up the station's finances—and impose some discipline on a station known for flouting it—has employees and supporters on edge."Gives credence to financial "issues".
"The vote is the latest development in a scuffle between station management and labor that began brewing last summer. That was about when KBOO's board hired a new station manager, Lynn Fitch, who has a 30-year background in nonprofit management. Fitch says KBOO has been losing money and members for years, a situation she wants to reverse."Gives context to Fitch's actions. FAIRNESS is an ENEMY of the People!
"KBOO hadn't filed its 2012 taxes yet, but its tax form for 2011 shows it running $105,000 in the red, slightly better from the previous year's deficit of $132,000."Implies KBOO is runing in the red. Hmm..guess we are. Nevermind.
"Earlier this year, the board hired Paychex, a human resources firm, to evaluate its management and personnel policies. The company's recommendations paved the way for further changes that rankled staff and some station supporters."Gives more context to Fitch's actions. Also proves Fitch and Board did NOT act in a vacuum.
"The revamp was meant to bring the station in line with policies seen at other businesses and nonprofits, and included some basic standards—like prohibiting drug use."Ahem...moving on....
"But members, the people who give money to the station and vote for its board of directors, are clearly worried the opposite is true. They've started an informal group called "Keep KBOO KBOO.""Exposes our secret group and code and stuff. BTW, update on Secret Cabal soon.
"KBOO appeals to the 15 percent of Portlanders who are radicals and progressives and trying to change the world from the left coast," he says. "To go through these changes will lose that base."
Dangerous waters. Some one might check that 15% figure...
"With the board's backing, and keeping with the recommendations from Paychex, Fitch cut down on leave time, including a reduction in maternity leave; did away with sabbaticals; and reduced sick time. She also made it easier to fire or lay off employees, which had been difficult with the station's grievance process. She even floated the idea of laying off the entire staff and letting them reapply for their old jobs."
Reiterates plan was not Fitch's, but a consultant recommendation KBOO paid for. Also clarifies the "firings" were not ever intended to be permanent for everyone.
"Fitch says that after receiving notice that the station's staff was taking steps to unionize, she consulted KBOO's legal counsel, Sussman Shank LLP. Attorneys at the firm, according to Fitch, said management would be better served by Bullard Law, a labor-relations firm with a reputation for busting unions."Shows Bullard wasn't Fitch's idea, but the idea of KBOO's lawyer, apparently still on retainer.
""Think about the target audience here for KBOO," says Elder. "They are a little bit left of center, so they are wondering why they are spending membership dues on a union-busting law firm.""
That KBOO's lawyer recommended.
""Some people found it hard to believe that KBOO needed a law firm that represented employers because KBOO has stood for workers' rights," says Fitch, who grew up in a Teamster household."
Proves Fitch has more labor DNA than many cadre.
"After the meeting, Elder says she sent a letter to Fitch seeking management's acknowledgment that employees wanted to organize and that bargaining would commence. But, Fitch found some parts of the letter "overreaching" and decided to allow, instead, a formal election."
Overreaching? In the Glorious Struggle there can be no over reaching, comrades!!!!!
Who is this Jake Thomas flagrantly practicing an attempt at unbiased journalism? In the Glorious Struggle you are either with us and Our Glorious Leader, or an Enemy of the People!
Down with unbiased journalism! Down with the Mercury! Cadre, send this Jake Thomas to a gulag in the middle of the Klamath basin!!! Let him try his unbiased journalism there!!!