Last month the San Francisco Labor Council passed a resolution calling for the return of the Morning Mix.
Now the bureaucracy at CWA Local 9415 is asking them to repeal it, without a vote of the membership of the bargaining unit.
The Labor Council acted in the interests of working people by supporting labor and multi-voice working people’s programming as a component of AM drive time.
One hour for the people!
Please come, especially if you’re a union member to say: “We staff or listeners of KPFA thank the San Francisco LaborCouncil for its June 9 resolution calling for the return of the Morning Mix. We ask the Council to stand by that resolution, and reject any motion to repeal it. The Bay Area needs to hear the Morning Mix again.
Plumbers Union Hall 1621 Market Street San Francisco on Monday July 14th at 6:00pm
Text of the resolution: (Passed June 9, 2014 and endorsed by GGLC Local 214 and ILWU Local 10)
Whereas, KPFA Radio 94.1 FM, with a powerful radio transmitter, has been a megaphone for community free speech radio throughout northern California for over 65 years, and is the flagship station of the Pacifica Radio Network; and
Whereas, for the last 3 and a half years KPFA has aired a ground-breaking labor and community program called the Morning Mix – broadcasting at a time when more working people could hear it, during “drive time” from 8 to 9 AM, Monday to Friday; and
Whereas, the rotating hosts of the Morning Mix radio shows on KPFA have featured the voices of Bay Area working people and their issues, to a degree not found on any other Northern California station with the reach and power of KPFA. This included regular reporting on labor and community struggles – about the postal workers’ fight against privatization; the concerns of teachers, dockworkers, transit and healthcare workers, and immigrant workers; as well as the community fight in the city of Richmond against toxic pollution by Chevron Corporation; and
Whereas, the Morning Mix provided regular announcements of Bay Area labor and community events, so working people could be aware of these activities and participate; and
Whereas, late in the evening on May 21, KPFA and Pacifica management abruptly, and without proper consultations, cancelled the Morning Mix and replaced it with a syndicated program “Uprising” produced in Los Angeles that does not cover Bay Area issues and events; and
Whereas, we need more local labor and community programming on KFPA radio, not less – especially since working peoples’ stories are almost completely ignored by the mainstream media. This program change is a tremendous loss for the radio listeners in the Bay Area.
Therefore be it resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council calls on KPFA/Pacifica management to reinstate the Morning Mix drive-time radio show. We need more labor and community programs on the radio – not less!
And be it further resolved, that this resolution be submitted to other Bay Area labor councils for concurrence and action.