Release WLRN employees to allow radio/tv union to represent them
  • Petitioning Sherman Herny

This petition will be delivered to:

AFSCME Local 1184 President
Sherman Herny
AFSCME Regional Director
Dorothy Grant-Townsend
AFSCME President
Lee Saunders
AFSCME Florida President
Jeanette D. Wynn
Frederica Wilson

Release WLRN employees to allow radio/tv union to represent them

    1. Public Broadcasting Watchdog
    2. Petition by

      Public Broadcasting Watchdog

      Miami, FL

The mission of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is appreciated but broadcast media has changed, AFSCME is unsuitable for the employees of WLRN, a department of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Professional broadcasters need to be represented by a professional radio and television union.  AFSCME should release WLRN employees.   WLRN has unfairly branched off into three different companies and bypass union rules: 1.) Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 2.) Friends of WLRN, Inc.  3.) (Herald News) South Florida Public Media Company, Inc.   Employees from each work side-by-side but WLRN (MDCPS) staff - the people you hear on the air everyday - are being mistreated, bullied and forced to work in deplorable conditions, reduced to either as part-time employees or independent contractors, meanwhile Friends and Herald staff enjoy fulltime benefits, generous salaries, overtime pay and yearly bonuses.  A professional radio and television union can bring this inequality to an end and make a positive impact on the community. 

Recent signatures


    1. WLRN Cans Anchor Phil Latzman and News Director Dan Grech

      Public Broadcasting Watchdog
      Petition Organizer
      WLRN Cans Anchor Phil Latzman and News Director Dan Grech

      If you wake up to WLRN weekday mornings, you might have noticed a familiar voice missing from the airwaves. Last week, the Miami-Dade County School Board-owned public radio station fired anchor/reporter Phil Latzman after he allegedly stormed out of a training session. Latzman's departure follows the canning of news director Dan Grech two weeks ago.

    2. Proof WLRN plans to privatize removing union workers

      Public Broadcasting Watchdog
      Petition Organizer
      Random Pixels - South Florida's most popular daily news blog: EXCLUSIVE: WLRN's 3 Year Plan to 'Reinvent' Its Future

      If you listen to WLRN and your idea of fun is playing the "Phil Latzman Drinking Game"*, then you're in luck. Starting on July 1, WLRN is embarking on a three-year plan to "reinvent its future." "Our goal is to make WLRN the round-the-clock pervasive and constant source of news and information about and of interest to South Florida."

    3. Right now!

      Public Broadcasting Watchdog
      Petition Organizer

      We have made a difference - if everyone who has already signed asked just one person to sign - we would be at goal today! Let's do it - we expect more from an NPR/PBS news station.

    4. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 8 months ago

      I would love to see further investigation to WLRN. I do not want to mention what School name here, BUT WLRN is charging public school too much, Just imagen 15,000 thousand just to record and televised a Holiday concert... We offered half and they said no. For a public school I dont think this is right. CLOSED WLRN. They are not public, They are not helping at all. Neither NON Profit. THEY are making profit of.......

      • over 2 years ago

      Employees need representation to ensure just treatment by their employer, the School Board of Dade County.

    • Glenda Grainger POMPANO BEACH, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a long time listener to WLRN I feel that the people who work so diligently for the Station should be fairly represented by an entity that understands and serves and preserves journalists and broadcast personnel - not school board members

    • James M. Roth WEST PALM BEACH, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      This situation would be easily avoided if WLRN was truly a "Public" Broadcasting station with an appropriate licensee rather than a county school system with government employees in charge of a "Public" station. An appropriate licensee would be a group of QUALIFIED YEAR-ROUND LOCAL RESIDENTS, formed solely for the singular purpose of serving as WLRN's licensee, with no other mission statement hanging on their wall. Then no government employee union could stick their nose into the peoples' business, because the station's management and staff would not be government employees, which would be as it should be for any Public Broadcasting station. Unfortunately, it's not a perfect world, and our Public Broadcasting system is being destroyed by inappropriate licensees, mercenary attorneys, politicians who forget who they are supposed to represent, and an indifferent FCC. Good luck, WLRN.

    • Sandra Koritz GREENSBORO, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      I signing because I believe in the value of workers. WORKERS DESERVE RESPECT !

      If you don't respect you members let them go so they can get someone who will.

      Sandra Koritz


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