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Posted by: Doug Henwood | November 23, 2010

Pacifica hires anti-union law firm

Pacifica laid off the Morning Show staff at KPFA allegedly because of a budget crisis—and they hire an expensive corporate law firm to deal with the consequences. How community broadcasting of them!

Read all about it here.

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Responses

  1. Maybe they can hire Burson-Marsteller to repackage the damage caused by Folger Levin. FYI — Do I hear ‘rebrand’ via Wolff Olins?

  2. This is the everyday dilemma for “progressives” and leftists and radicals and even liberals during the austerity phase of the ongoing neoliberal consolidation of power – what is “solidarity” when basic principles are in such outright violation? Sorry about the “Morning Show,” other Pacifica worthies say, good luck with the NLRB case- but hey, we got a show to do. Call us if you need a shoulder…
    No one should work at or voluntarily associate with a place that hires a strike-breaking law firm – but then, no one should work or associate with any institution that is in basic violation of established principles such as rationality and integrity. And what American institution would pass that test? What do the good law-cherishing folks at Law and Disorder think about WBAI? These radio kerfuffles are symptomatic of what has happened across the land, even liberal academic land, but folks go on workign at these palces, even after

  3. This is the everyday dilemma for “progressives” and leftists and radicals and even liberals during the austerity phase of the ongoing neoliberal consolidation of power – what is “solidarity” when basic principles are in such outright violation? Sorry about the “Morning Show,” other Pacifica worthies say, good luck with the NLRB case- but hey, we got a show to do. Call us if you need a shoulder…
    No one should work at or voluntarily associate with a place that hires a strike-breaking law firm – but then, no one should work or associate with any institution that is in basic violation of established principles such as rationality and integrity. And what American institution would pass that test? What do the good law-cherishing folks at Law and Disorder think about WBAI? These radio kerfuffles are symptomatic of what has happened across the land, even liberal ivory tower academic land, but folks go on working at these places after the good-bye parties, sad to see friends go, but in no danger of exhibiting that “solidarity” that would have defined a better world.

  4. Things to be thankful for in America–Thanksgiving, 2010
    a stream of depressing consciousness ( i.e., in no particular order)
    by Dean and Melissa Taylor

    • Forwardlooking delivered on the hopeful change thing

    • Scumbagger Palin might win the GOP nomination in 2012

    • Alan Simpson didn’t drop dead this morning

    • Senator Bunning got his wish–my unemployment buoy ended

    • we found a safe place to sleep in our car for tonight (no piggies
    banging on window at 3AM)–hoorah!

    • and thank God we aren’t Pashtuns! (because right now a fuckhead US
    patriot near Las Vegas would have me in his drone crosshairs!)

    • Some hump at the TSA took a photo of my wife’s vagina last week

    • There’s always the winter to look forward to…invigorating frigidaire!
    (we’ll keep better, that’s all)

    • John Boehner didn’t drop dead this morning

    • Lloyd Blankfein didn’t drop dead this morning

    • no money, ergo no soul-deadening Christmas shopping this year!

    • I haven’t yet been caught driving without insurance (again: yet)

    • since we got evicted we no longer have to listen to our crack-addled
    upstairs neighbor

    • the CIA haven’t murdered Assange

    • no IRS forms to fuck with this year

    • we discovered that asceticism cultivates spirituality–i.e., my wife
    and I got religion

    • Catholic women now forced to prostitute themselves may use
    condoms (my wife is a Methodist)

    • Laura Bush hasn’t burked her husband yet

    • Dick Cheney’s proctology report came back negative

    • John Yoo observes the speed limit–great news around Cal Berkeley!

    • the Gulf is down two quarts–good swimming next summer for sure!

    • Mitch McConnell didn’t drop dead this morning

    • etc.

  5. please pardon the breach of decorum–we’re outraged and upset…

  6. see commentary at The Berkeley Daily Planet, 23 November, 1) by George Reiter:

    http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2010-11-24/article/36809?headline=What-s-at-Stake-at-KPFA-

    and, 2) Rick Sterling, 24 November:

    http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2010-11-24/article/36831?headline=Open-Letter-to-Pacifica-Management-and-KPFA-Staff-in-dispute–


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