RADIO ON THE WEB
i.e. america can now be heard anytime, anywhere in the world
The i.e. america network, for-merly known as UBN, can now
be heard anytime, anywhere on the world wide web. Anyone
with a computer that supports audio speakers, a sound card,
and Real Audio software can tune in any time of day.
All you have to do is visit www.broadcasttalk.com, scroll
down the "Talk Tinerary" line-up to i.e. america, and
double click on "more info" to bring the net-work online.
If you don't have Real Audio, you can download a free version
from the website.
The UAW-backed radio net-work offers a variety of program-ming,
ranging from experts on workers' rights and car repair to
popular talk show hosts like Doug Stephan, who is on from
3 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
In recent weeks Stephan has featured such guests as AFL-CIO
President John Sweeney, who spoke on labor's opposition
to permanent normal trade rela-tions with China, and William
Adler, author of a new book ti-tled "Mollie's Job" that
traces the impact of the global economy on a worker whose
job moves from New Jersey to a southern state and finally
Six of the most popular i.e. america programs are archived
so that they can be tuned in any time of day, even when
i.e. amer-ica is off the air.
When you click on the Jim Hightower Show, for example,
you can hear it live Monday through Friday from noon to
2 p.m. (all listings are Eastern Time) or you can listen
to that day's show any time in the next 24 hours by simply
clicking on "archives."
The Jerry Hughes show (2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday) and News-maker
(5-6 p.m. Monday-Fri-day) are also archived for the 24-hour
period between live shows.
Bobby Likis' Car Clinic (9 a.m.-l p.m. Saturdays). The
Employees' Lawyer Stephen Sack (2-5 p.m.), and Trash or
Treasure (3-6 p.m. Saturdays) are archived for an entire
There are no out-of-pocket costs for i.e. america because
banner advertising on the web-site pays for the operation.
In ad-dition, anyone who visits broad-casttalk.com can also
sign up for free e-mail and fax services with technical
BroadcastAMERICA, the company that runs broad-casttalk.com,
has quietly become the world's largest internet broad-caster,
knocking Yahoo out of the number one slot by forging part-nerships
with radio stations, tele-vision stations, and broadcasting
outlets around the world.
Note: I'm not sure when the above article was published
in Solidarity Magazine, but it proves the leadership of
the UAW takes for granted that we the membership, approve
of them spending our money any way they see fit. Our International
officials are acting like CEO's (corporate executives officers),
Stockbrokers and Investment Bankers with our strike funds.
They are buying and investing without any foresight or experience
whatsoever, and it is we the members who lose out when they
go belly up. The following is an excerpt from a book Arizona
writer Michael Munday is working on describing the clash
between UAW bosses and independent entrepreneurs at UBN.
In 1996 the UAW became an owner, with some entrepreneur
partners, of the Florida based (UBN) United Broadcasting
Network. During the succeeding two and one-half years, the
UAW took control and fired more than half the staff. It
is those former UBN employees who now are suing the UAW
directly in Florida for the loss of their jobs.
In a separate action, the UAW's partners in UBN were brought
into court by the union on claims including spending too
much on airline flights. The partners, in turn, have sued
the union for breach of contract and for what now is alleged
to have been a plan by the UAW to drive the value of the
radio network down so that the UAW could keep its pieces
as a propaganda arm to support the UAW’s political agenda.
UAW International President Steven Yokich, UAW Public Relations
Director Frank Joyce and UAW Chief Council Dan Sherrick
are among union officials who continue to be questioned
about their roles in the United Broadcasting Network, which
the UAW forced into bankruptcy in 1997 in what plaintiffs
call a grab for control.
Soon a Washtenaw County, Michigan,
court may have to decide whether the UAW can keep secret
all testimony, including videotapes, taken from UAW officials
in the civil action, which the UAW itself originally brought
to court. Damages in the case could mean a UAW payout of
as much as $500 million—approximately half the amount available
in the UAW strike funds.
Note: The above is a rough outline of lawsuits that have
been filed against the UAW by former fired employees and
the UAW's business partners. I'm informing you about this
because it is one more example of the selfishness and greed
that we have come to expect of our International officials.
It is also another reason the UAW needs to implement one
member/one vote, so they can be held accountable.
In January of 99 GM invested $7 million in Pro Air in a
secured loan for reduced air fair for it's executives. Our
UAW's executives, not to be out done by their counterparts,
in December of 99 invested $14 million in an unsecured loan
so its members could travel at a discount also. Our International
officials, playing Investment Bankers, now stand to loose
$14 million of our hard earned funds because Pro Air filed
for chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2000. Our officials
at the UAW didn't secure the loan like their counterparts
at GM and as a result we're out $14 million. Again, this
is another reason we need one member/one vote so they can
be held accountable and we can vote them out for this sort
of reckless behavior with our strike funds.
The following article was in the October 19th 2000 edition
of the Detroit Free Press.
Pro Air creditors: Airline owes millions to GM, UAW
Detroit - Pro Air Inc. received $7 million in loans from
General Motors and DaimlerChrysler in January. Both companies
are listed as secured creditors now that the discount airline
has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
In September, Pro Air also listed more than $30 million
in unsecured debts it owes to dozens of companies and organizations.
The largest one was the UAW, which loaned the airline $14
million in December.
Documents filed this week in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
in Seattle, the airline’s corporate headquarters, show Pro
Air had $440,000 in cash when the Detroit City Airport-based
airline sought bankruptcy protection.
Another reason I'm informing you about our International
officials acting like CEO's and Investment Bankers is because
I refer to them in my soon to be distributed "A Gypsy's
Tale", and I wanted you to know what I was talking about
when I mention UBN and Pro Air. I'm sure most members had
no idea about these lawsuits.
Part one of "A Gypsy's Tale" chronicles the decline of
my respect for the leadership of our locals and ultimately
the International over a 25-year period. Part two ends with
a certified letter to UAW President Yokich. It cost about
two dollars to mail, but worth the response. Especially
when you get to see first hand just how concerned our President
is. You'll be surprised, I was. Don't worry about retaliation;
he's too busy being a CEO.
"A Gypsy's Tale" is the last of three Disgruntled Autoworker
articles I sent out nationally and mailed to President Yokich
and the Detroit Free Press on 12-11-00. I hope to write
more locally and especially nationally in the coming months.
Eventually I would like to combine the two, because some
issues locally are a concern nationally, like why do union
officials hang out in labor relations? They don't have any
vending machines or sofas in there.