Station demanding right to outsource union's jobs at will
Turn to Channels 2 or 4 for news, weather, quality programming
Turn off Channel 5.
A request to boycott KSDK-TV Channel 5 was issued last week by IBEW Local 4 which is fighting to project its members’ jobs.
“Until we resolve our new contract with the station owners, who have been unwilling to compromise on their demand that we give up our work and allow the station to outsource that work to anyone, at anytime, we ask our brothers and sisters to please TURN OFF CHANNEL 5,” said Mike Pendergast, Local 4’s business manager.
“There are wonderful, professional stations in Channels 2 and 4 that will bring quality news and entertainment into your home,” he added.
The union’s contract expired March 15. It had been extended at the station’s request. No talks were scheduled as the Labor Tribune went to press.
However, on March 28, the station’s owner, Gannett, will meet with the union’s leadership to try and explain their “new vision of the future of broadcasting” which they say requires the unheard of modification of the union’s contract that would allow unfettered outsourcing of the work Local 4 members do now.
Local 4 members are broadcast television engineers, which include technicians, photographers, editors and broadcast maintenance engineers. When you see TV news cameras on the street covering a story, the person behind the camera is a Local 4 member.
UNION HAS ALREADY HELPED
This outrageous demand comes even after Local 4’s members took a 10 percent pay cut in 2009 and a pay freeze in 2011 to help in what KSDK owner Gannett said was a financial crisis.
“We’ve been willing to talk about compromises on issues, but the station has flatly refused. To them, ‘It’s their way or the highway’” Pendergast said.
YOU CAN HELP: TURN OFF 5
Local 4 is asking readers to clearly and loudly express their disdain of this outrageous demand by Channel 5 that will ultimately put veteran engineers out of work by first, switch to either Channel 4 or 2 and secondly, writing, calling or email Station Manager Marv Danielski and tell him you’ve switched and will not come back until a reasonable solution is negotiated. To reach Danielski:
• Call: (office) 314-444-5271 or better yet, his cell: 314-452-6471.
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Write: Marv Danielski, Station Manager, KSDK-TV, 1000 Market Street, St. Louis, MO, 63101.