Monday, June 06, 2005

Look for the Union Label

From: Kim Montour (Acting Manager of KOIN - Emmis)
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2005 3:18 PM
To: KOIN Mail List
Subject: NRLB Vote

The results of the NLRB vote are 26-10 in favor of the union.
Thank you for your participation in this process.
We will be in contact with you shortly on the next steps.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The workers are high, the management is low.
As one long time worker put it, "owners will come and go, but we are KOIN-TV."

Monday, June 06, 2005 9:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What certain KOIN employees fail to realize is that the majority of the TV station's problems do not lie with ownership...they lie with the employees themselves. Many of the people working at KOIN are lazy and incompetent. There is little pride nor sense of accountability.

Yes, the technical folks voted for NABET...and some of the on-air folks might vote for AFTRA, but everyone needs to remember that no union can protect you if you're doing a crummy job.

Truth be told, there is no free lunch, and some of KOIN's current employees need to be let go.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005 8:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Lucky for you the bank is right across the street!

Former KOIN producer

Tuesday, June 07, 2005 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how people always think that THEY are the hard workers, and every one else is lazy.
Well, union or not, if there are bad employees are KOIN, that's management's fault.
But I believe that good management gets good work from more people. And that accountability from a union contract, will actually help managers do a better job. Up to now, we've had lazy management by terror, and favoritism. Personally I want to get back to worrying about doing the best job I can, and not how they are messing with me and my life.
Union yes!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005 1:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lazy KOIN workers?

KOIN fired the laziest of them all -- Shirley "I'm Running Alittle Late From My Tract Home in Troutdale" Hancock and kept the HARDEST working man in the newsroom, Mike D.

The overnight guy who erased the video tapes worked harder than Ms. Hancock ever did, IMHO.

But Mike, you are the best. The very best.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005 1:16:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

Nice update in today's O.

KOIN 6 TV's off-air production employees vote to join union

Photographers, editors, technicians and other off-air personnel at KOIN 6 TV on Monday voted in favor of joining the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians -- Communication Workers of America Local 51. The 26-10 vote will cover almost 40 employees, subject to an agreement on whether part-time employees are included, according to union local President Kevin Wilson. The union is seeking to represent another 22 employees, including producers, assignment editors, commercial production employees, the station's information technology department and its chief photographer and his assistant. KOIN employees contacted the union seeking representation earlier this year because of issues such as unpaid overtime and vacations that were canceled after travel arrangements had been made.

"We were very pleased with the outcome and are preparing to negotiate a fair and equitable contract," Wilson said. "We expect to begin bargaining in about 60 days."

Another union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, is seeking to represent the station's on-air employees, including more than 20 anchors and reporters. A vote on that union is scheduled for July 5.

-- Ted Sickinger

Wednesday, June 08, 2005 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It didn't have to come to this. Special Thanks to David, Randy and the gang at Emmis!

Thursday, June 09, 2005 12:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, it didn't have to come to this.

That said, I'm not sure what KOIN's "pro-union" employees think they achieved? Fact is, Emmis is unquestionably one of the best (if not THE best) broadcast companies in America. If KOIN's employees think that Emmis sucks, wait'll they see what the next owner is all about?!

Job security? Hardly. While a union can negotiate wages, they can't save your job if you aren't competent...and that's a key issue for KOIN.

While there's no denying that KOIN has many really nice people who've worked there for a long time, they've also got more than a few employees that are lazy and don't do a great job (sorry folks, nobody's ever said that KOIN is the home of broadcast excellence in Portland media circles).

KOIN's new owner is likely to come in and shake things up. The union may protest...but as you may recall from the air traffic controller situation in the 1980's...ANYBODY can be replaced. NABET (and AFTRA too) would be powerless to do anything about the situation.

In the end, the bigger winner is the Union itself...they just picked up a new source of dues from the paychecks of KOIN's employees.

Like the old saying goes...

"Be careful what you wish for, you just may get it"

KOIN employees just "got it"

Thursday, June 09, 2005 8:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emmis the best?
Lets see, when they took over, we lost a great 401K, Lots of great employees, (the old ones were the ones for the most part let go, I've gotten one 2% raise in the last four years, I used to get a cost of living, usually 3% from Lee Enterprises. Merit raises? Try favoritism raises. Oh yeah, and now they realize they need to add back some jobs. Plus, can you spell enron? Some of the stock stuff they do, like the 10% pay cut that they then gave back in stock, hmmm, what's that all about? And DON'T tell me it was to keep my job.
Check out the pay raises Randy got nowthat the place is for sale.ยต

Thursday, June 09, 2005 9:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and lazy? How about our two new main anchors? What do they do besides retrack network pacs and make comments all night after their 2 plus hour lunch. Shirley was a real reporter anyway.She wrote stories every night and went out on stories she enterprised. She also had strong ethical values, and was compassionate. Is she Mike Donahue? No one is, but the two clowns now, aren't even Shirley.l

Thursday, June 09, 2005 9:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is this "lazy KOIN employees" garbage coming from? I work with some very talented folks.

Saturday, June 11, 2005 3:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee Enterprises? You mean the newspaper company that thought a 5% profit margin was acceptable?

Again, the problem with many of KOIN's long-term employees is that they haven't a clue what the real world of broadcasting is all about.

Yes, I'm sure that "the good 'ol days" at KOIN were dandy...but unfortunately KOIN employees have lived in a vacuum for far too long. The reason why so many employees were let go when Emmis took over is because the station wasn't operating efficiently or very profitably. (Note to all: most broacast companies operate at a 20% margin or better)

Think Emmis sucks? Go get a job at Clear Channel, Fisher, or just about any broadcast company. You'll be surprised by what you find. Emmis is wonderful by comparison.

Again, KOIN's problems aren't because of who "owns" the place...the problems are with who works there.

...and having AFTRA and/or NABET ain't gonna make your ratings go up either.

Monday, June 13, 2005 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As one of Shirley's former producers, I must take issue with Shirley working hard and writing stories.

While Mike D. was eating his sandwich and listening to Rather on headphones, at 7pm, writing stories, Shirley was taking her LONG dinner and I was lucky if she wrote two stories for the 11 and a bump. And what little she wrote was crapola.

But the she was the fakest person, in the worst clothes, you'll ever meet.

Monday, June 13, 2005 3:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Under Lee Enterprises' ownership from 1978-1994, KOIN-TV was one of the biggest margin (consistently near 30%) and highest rated CBS-TV affiliates in the nation. During this same period, all KOIN Unions voted to decertify. Lee recognized this effort and initiated a terrific 401K plan for the now-decertified employees. Then what happened? Schafbuch retired, Veon became GM, Maroney became GM, Gianola was hired (Probably the biggest mistake of all!), Mike D. was shuffled aside.... and the rest is history. Somebody should probably call Mick Schafbuch and ask him if any Emmis people, particularly David Lippoff ever called him to say hello or ask for advice. Mick would have had nothing but positives about KOIN-TV' great staff.

Thursday, June 16, 2005 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

30% margin? You wish.

Fact is, KOIN TV from 1978 to 1994 was a bloated, over-staffed, dinosaur of a TV station.

Mick was (and is) a class guy, no question about it. However, KOIN was never the moneymaker you claim it was. KGW and KATU both clobbered KOIN during the 70's 80's and 90' say otherwise is foolish and ignorant.

Lee Enterprises? Yes, they offered a very generous 401K plan to employees...but it was from the money they made from running newspapers, not broadcast properties (hey, why do you think they decided to get rid of the TV stations?)

Again, KOIN is a station that's frozen in time. Long-time employees keep waxing nostalgic about "the good 'ol days" of Ted Bryant and Mr. Duffy's Cartoon Circus. They need to go find out what the real world of broadcasting is all ain't about frickin' Lee Enterprises, that's for sure.

Fact is, KOIN sucks because it's never kept pace with the competition and has always been regarded as the sleepy, conservative, little-old-lady TV station. The station needs a giant enema.

And if you think that hiring Gianola was KOIN's biggest mistake, then you're a total idiot. The biggest mistake was that Emmis didn't get rid of MORE of the old timers when they took the place over.

All hope is not lost for KOIN, they can still broom a lot of current employees and get some fresh blood down on that 3rd floor.

Friday, June 17, 2005 1:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mick was a jerk, but Lee made a lot of money. To whoever says otherwise - where's your facts? Why did they sell? Because they were smart, they saw the wwriting on the wall for TV, and they are in the top list of media moneymakers still. Lee made money on the sale, Emmis was stupid to over pay for KOIN. (Jeff Smulyan hopin to be the next Ted Turner)
What old timers are left? Very few. Two producers, and a couple reporters and a few photogs. Otherwise in the news department, it's almost new, since Emmis. And what the hell is "the new world of broadcasting?" KOIN's been trying it and it ain't working. And why kick Shirley around now? What's the point except nastiness? Shirley got hers, humiliated and kicked out without a chance to say goodbye. and who says the AFTRA attempt won't be successful...
Methinks some former KOIN employee, now at another station harbors a lot of anger and is spreading misimformation.

Monday, June 20, 2005 1:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A current employee.

Monday, June 20, 2005 3:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you are a current employee, why not put some positive energy into the place instead of ragging every thing down.
again, how many old timers, are really left with any power? So you are either one of the last dead weights, or some new comer that doesn't have a clue about this market.
Real workers, like Mike D, don't sit around and complain. they just keep at it.
You are a drain... goodbyei

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey pal, I don't need a lecture from you on positive energy.

Besides, if you knew who I was you'd realize that I contribute a great deal more to the station than you do.

Why am I critical? Because I can see that this damn place isn't operating at it's full potential. Moreover, it's the whiny-assed employees (many of whom have been here far too long) that drag this place down. If they think it sucks to work for Emmis, wait'll they see what the new owner does?!

Here's my advice to you and your pals on the 3rd floor. Go watch KGW's news and take some frickin' notes. Those guys beat our asses every day...and they do it by doing a better job than we do.

We get exactly what we deserve.

P.S. Learn how to spell

Wednesday, June 22, 2005 9:56:00 AM  
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