We can replace KBOO management
The Station Navigator has had her say, falsely claiming immediate fiscal crisis, alleging acquiescence to labor. People left, thinking the Station would be okay. Now we had better move fast...
Yesterday, an assembly was held for the general public and KBOO members, in which the Station Manager and the Board Treasurer appeared, to give general notions and soothing words about their plans. After the Station Manager said she would not fight the formation of a union, many left feeling the crisis was over.
But the corporatization plan is still afoot. We must organize swiftly to counter it, for once the programming is changed, the community is changed, and members will drift away. Station Manager Lynn Fitch still has carte blanche to change the format, and once she does, she can argue before the NLRB that, due to the changed nature of the Station, staff concerned with organizing/producing local community broadcasting is not needed. She can say she'll accept the Union if she likes--the election is May 28th, and the outcome is certain, with a supermajority voting for the union.
Now, we must organize, and fast. Read the Bylaws: we, the members, have the right to set the course of the station. An extraordinary Special session will (in my opinion) have to be called. This will mean using the Bylaws to demand the member list (see below), setting a time according to the Bylaws requirements, finding a place for the meeting, and calling and following up on each member until we are certain that five percent (250 people at the very minimum, 600 to be safe) will be present at the meeting. An agenda will need to be set, removing the Board Treasurer and perhaps others, amending the Bylaws (yes we are empowered to do that) to prevent further corporatization attempts, et cetera.
This is where the COMMUNITY in COMMUNITY RADIO needs to step up. Otherwise, all is lost, and it won't be regained in our lifetimes.
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KBOO Bylaws excerpt http://kboo.fm/bylaws
ARTICLE V: MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Section 1. Annual Meeting. An annual meeting of the members of the corporation shall be held in the month of September, for the purposes of receiving a report from the President and any other officer the Board of Directors or the President may designate on the activities and financial condition of the corporation, electing members of the Board of Directors, and transacting such other business as may come before the meeting.
Section 2. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the members of the corporation may be called by the Board of Directors or by written demand of at least five percent of the members signed, dated, and delivered to the Secretary and describing the purpose or purposes for which it is to be held.
Section 3. Place of Meeting. The Board of Directors shall designate the place for any annual or special meeting. If no designation is made, the place of the meeting shall be the principal office of the corporation.
Section 4. Notice of Meetings. The corporation shall notify members of the place, date, and time of each annual and special meeting in person, or by telephone, mail, or publication in the Program Guide. Notification shall be no fewer than fourteen days, or if notice is mailed by other than first class or registered mail, no fewer than thirty nor more than sixty days before the meeting. Written notice is effective when mailed postpaid addressed to the member's address shown in the corporation's records of members. Notice of an annual meeting shall include a description of any matter or matters which must be approved by the members under Chapter 65 of Oregon Revised Statutes. Notice of a special meeting shall include a description of the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called.
Section 5. Record Date. The record date to determine the members entitled to notice of a members' meeting shall be the day before the day on which the first notice is mailed or otherwise transmitted to members. The record date to determine the members entitled to demand a special meeting shall be the date the first member signs the demand. The record date to determine the members entitled to vote at a members' meeting shall be the date of the meeting,
Section 6. Members' List. The corporation shall prepare and maintain a current alphabetical list of the names, addresses and membership dates of all of its members. The list of members shall be available for inspection by any member for the purpose of communication with other members concerning a membership meeting, beginning two business days after notice of the meeting is given for which the list was prepared and continuing through the meeting, at the corporation's principal office. A member, the member's agent or attorney is entitled, on written demand setting forth a proper purpose, to inspect and ,subject to the requirements of Chapter 65 of Oregon Revised Statutes, to copy the list at a reasonable time and at the member's expense, during the period it is available for inspection. The corporation shall make the list of members available at the meeting, and any member, the member's agent or attorney is entitled to inspect the list for any proper purpose at any time during the meeting or any adjournment.
Section 7. Quorum. A quorum shall consist of five percent of the members of the corporation. No business may be transacted unless a quorum is present.
Section 8. Manner of Acting. Each member shall be entitled to one vote on each matter voted on by the members, not exercisable by proxy. An organization or business which is a member may designate a person to vote on its behalf. A majority vote is required to take action unless a greater proportion is required by Chapter 65 of Oregon Revised Statutes or by these bylaws.
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