The show KPFA WorkWeek Radio (Tuesday 3:30 – 4:00 94.1 FM) was cancelled without notice on January 13, 2019. The show has been on KPFA for over seven years and has helped bring the voices of trade unionists and workers not only from the Bay Area but also nationally and internationally.
KPFA WorkWeek radio is the only Northern California weekly labor radio show, which provides vital and critical reports on the struggle and conditions of working people and unions in the Bay Area including teachers, public workers, healthcare workers, transit workers, and injured workers.
It has covered the attack on injured workers in California, the attacks on trade unionists who are whistleblowers and the need for union democracy. It has also reported on the fight against privatization and deregulation, the struggle of ILWU longshore workers and their struggle to protect maritime workers from privatization of the port, the effect of gentrification of workers, racism on the job, May Day struggles, union organizing victories such as Anchor Steam Brewery and the many strikes and work actions taking place regularly in the Bay Area.
These issues need to be covered by KPFA and the cancellation of this show prevents unionized and unorganized workers from hearing these issues on the air. It is important to have a regular labor show focusing on all the important struggles working people face.
We call on manager Quincy McCoy, who unilaterally cancelled this show, to re-instate Work Week Radio and Steve Zeltzer, CWA member volunteer producer, and work to expand it a full hour. KPFA and Pacifica need to extend their outreach to unions and all working people, and this show was playing a necessary part of this requirement for free speech community radio. This is also part and parcel of solving KPFA and Pacifica’s financial crisis. The hundreds of thousands of unionized workers in Northern California need to see KPFA as their station.