Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Notes: UPSO Council Meeting 12-11-12

UPSO Council Meeting (by Conference Call)

Attending:  Ruthanne Shpiner, Adrienne Lauby, David Gans, Ann Garrison

Next Meeting:  December 8, 7 pm.  Performance Studio  (See below for important details about this meeting)

Fundraising for Equipment
Copyright Confessor and the KPFA Stream
UPSO Workshops
Communication & Cooperation
Next Meeting

Can KPFA have a protected area for UPSO where we could discuss, post notes and do various other things?   David hasn’t talked to Miguel about this yet, but he will do it soon.  We discussed and clarified the idea.

As of a couple of days ago, we have $645.  Plus, a complete PC system that came through one of David’s friends and has been checked out by Antonio.  That computer may come to KPFA as soon as next week.

Copyright confessor computers in On Air studio—really needs upgrading in keyboards and changes in the basic set up. 

The programmers need to put in the info about their music into this system because otherwise their programs can’t be streamed.   Encouraging the programmers to do this should be a management process.   We don’t like having the steam go down.  We’d like to know more about how much this is happening and what are the individual circumstances.  Are there particular problems unpaid music programmers are having in completing this task?  We’d like to encourage people to do their part and also help improve the hardware lay out.  We may, at some point in this process, write letters about how important we think this is to Andrew and the LSB.    David will look into this problem.

Leaders (thus far): Ann Garrison, Clay Leander, Kate Raphael, Adrienne Lauby
Adrienne will attempt to get the first 6 month’s schedule together by the January meeting.  Would you like to lead a workshop?  Or have a topic that you can’t seem to bust through on your own?  Let us know.

This was a complex conversation about how we might fulfill our mission in working with the various groups of people at the station.  [By-laws: Section One: 1.3.  To foster communication and cooperation between management, paid staff, and unpaid staff and between the station and the communities it serves.]  We don’t want to label issues as belonging to a particular set of people, but we do want to name the tensions clearly when necessary and attempt some forward movement.   We might try a well-planned meeting of the News department and reporting staff or something similar with all public
affairs staff.  (The music staff has meetings occasionally, which are called by Luis Medina.) There is also the UPSO grievance procedure that lays out a system that could lead to some resolution in some situations.  Hopefully the Workshops will bring some people together, at least to get to know folks they don’t normally work with.

Our next meeting is a once a year Special Meeting of the Unpaid Staff Organization.  All who attend can vote.   Shahram will chair. 

This meeting will include a discussion of by-laws and election of a new Election Committee as our by-laws require.

--UPSO by-law changes can be submitted at this time (the only time in the 12 month cycle).

Notes by Adrienne

Unpaid Staff Organization Council Members
Shahram Aghamir:
David Gans:
Ann Garrison:
Adrienne Lauby:
Tim Lynch:
Bylaws and grievance procedure:

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