Tuesday, June 28, 2005

KOIN's 2nd Union Vote

A week from tomorrow, KOIN's reporters and anchors vote to unionize (or not). It follows a vote last month when photographers, editors and technicians at KOIN said yes to NABET.

There has been a lot of pressure (in back rooms and bathrooms we're told) by the top anchors (J&K) to get folks to say no. We think the vote will be close.

The bottom line is money (and taking it out of some pretty large paychecks).

KOIN remains up for sale, which means these union votes could mean very little. A new owner will say what they want. In KOIN's case, there's worry that the current owner's 2nd in command will buy the joint (and other stations in the group) and re-work who works there and how they work there (no benefits, on short term contracts, etc.)

Meanwhile, KOIN is the news operation with no weather star, a sportcaster who is fading into oblivion and ratings shallower than the sand under the Willamette.

We are hearing that Mike Donahue may be, rightfully, moving back to the anchor desk. That might stem the free-fall.

Stay tuned.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Getting Donahue back on as anchor would be the smartest thing they've done in quite awhile. One of the few locals that comes across as major league.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second that about Mike Donahue. Shameless of management to reduce him to reporter in the first place. He is the closest thing we have to national talent in this town. He understands what news is and should be.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donahue is great.. he'd bring some credibility back to that station.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 8:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without a doubt Mike Donahue is the dean of Portland news and should resume anchoring duties ASAP! A true journalist with a great work ethic, he is also one of the most decent men I've ever had the pleasure to work with.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 8:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Weather said...

KOIN tried to hire Patrick Hammer out of Seattle for a chief meteorologist, but it fell through (they wanted too much time and gave too little money). 2nd rumor is that some guy on the east coast is coming here. So we get another new person? Why don't they just hire someone already here? Oh wait!...no sane weather person in PDX would go to KOIN until the smoke settles anyway and new management puts some effort and money back into the department.
Speaking of excellence in weather, kudos to Bruce Sussman at KGW for the Emmy for weather...he beat out the other "big boys" in town. Well-deserved for him. Regardless of what you think of his personality or duties (weather one night and a murder the next????), he works hard every weekend putting together a nice weather show that the viewers can easily understand.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 8:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Donahue would be a great start. The #2 weather guy from the Emmis station in New Orleans was pretty much offered the job if he wants it. Jeff and Kelley can't get enough him and Katie Baker hates working with "the franchise"... look for changes soon.
Now if they could only get rid of those overinflated salaries on the set.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do people think of Ed Whelan ?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not much. His act has grown stale and he can barely (not his fault) get through a newscast.
Personally, he is a awful man who treats people with distain and disrepect and should have been fired a long time ago. But...

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to the union vote. Those anchors must be dumb. EVERYONE knows you can write off union dues.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 2:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...but maybe they want to select their own charity!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 7:58:00 PM  
Anonymous some guy said...

At their salaries, the deduction won't help. Union dues are subject to a 2% limit, which means you can deduct the amount left after you subtract 2% of your adjusted gross income from the total.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The value of unions can be measured in various ways. Currently, at OPB, managment has been on a campaign to break the union for several years. Their last big attempt resulted in a union lawsuit which forced OPB to re-hire all the union people they had fired, and then tried to hire back as freelancers.
At the moment, OPB (read Jack Galmiche) is trying to get union members to pay more for health care. At the same time, the salaries of the executives at OPB continue to rise (the top two inching close to 300k when all the perks are counted).
All over the station, employees are hoping the board chooses someone other than Galmiche to be the new CEO. The consensus is that he has poisoned the morale in the building with his imperiousness and rule of fear.

Thursday, June 30, 2005 6:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From KOIN:
This is to inform you of the results of the NLRB election.

There were 11 who voted "no" union and 10 voted "yes" for the union. There were 21 people in the voing unit, so a majority voted against having a union.

Thank you for continuing to work as a team during this process.

Kim (Montour)

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 3:26:00 PM  
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