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Unite Bloomingfoods Facebook Page Opened

On Sunday a Facebook page was opened with the title, “Unite Bloomingfoods,” and a bold headline stating, “UNION YES.” An anonymous posting stated that some employees, “have gone too long waiting for our Admin offices to take care of not only the company, but to take care of its workers. There is a current push to Unionize the co-op.”

According to former Bloomingfoods employee Cindy Beaule, line workers are paid at or near minimum wage with modest increases for seniority,  and no formal benefits such as health care, paid leave, vacation time, etc. beyond what is required by state or national labor regulations.  Furthermore, Beaule found that her fellow employees and even line managers had little input into administrative decision making regarding day-to-day operations.  Recently, the administration established what it called an “Open Books” policy to encourage employee feedback. However, Beaule said employees were pessimistic as to the sincerity and credibility of this program in light of previous administrative indifference.

The Daily Local News spoke to a Bloomingfoods employee involved with the “Unite Bloomingfoods” union drive who stated that though they had begun their Facebook campaign, she was unwilling to do an interview due to the unionization drive being in early stages. This summer two large natural and organic grocery chains announced plans to open branches in Bloomington. The national chains can offer more attractive employee pay and benefits. Employees of the Kroger corporation, which operates stores in Bloomington, are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

The Daily Local News has contacted Bloomingfoods representatives for an interview. Cindy Beaule is a WFHB volunteer.

Interchange – Logging in Indiana State Forests: State Forester John Seifert

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Host Doug Storm is joined by John Seifert, Indiana’s State Forester. We discuss logging in Yellowwood State Forest and the management of public forest lands. Other topics include the marked increase in commercial logging since 2002; invasive plant species in clear-cut land; the science of carbon sequestration; and the politics of resource management.

Credits:
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson with assistance from Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh

Arrests Made in String of B Line Trail Robberies

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A theft yesterday has led to arrests in a string of robberies on the B Line trail, news director Alycin Bektesh brings us this community report.

Daily Local News – September 9, 2014

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Brown County Hour – Episode #30

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Vera Grubbs.

First aired Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Bob Gustin, former editor of the Columbus Republic, discusses his perspective on the current state of journalism
  • We talk to two young local participants in the National History Day competition held in Washington DC
  • Rita Simon of the Brown County History Center discusses the grand opening of its new facility in Nashville
  • John Mills, former Brown County School Board member, continues his discussion in part two of the interview we aired last month
  • Larry Pejeau and John Mills discuss their early days in the pottery business
  • Poetry by Chris Curtin and Gunther Flumm
  • Rick Fettig with a Brown County News Update: “Fox News”
  • Dave Seastrom delivers another fine essay
  • and our musical guest, Barry Johnson, shares stories of his work as a songwriter pitching tunes in “Music City USA”, and we hear demos of his work produced in Nashville, TN.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Hola Bloomington – September 5, 2014

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This week Hola Bloomington will begin a series on immigration. Hola Bloomington’s hosts Carlos Bakota, Luis Hernandez and Maria Auxiliadora talk about the history of Latinos in The United States.

Books Unbound – Frankenstein, Part 4

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was 18 when she and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited some literary friends and got involved in a challenge, to see who could write the most frightening story. Out of a group that included the poet Lord Byron, only Mary’s story of a scientist who goes too far has lasted as a landmark of fantastic literature. Mary Shelley was twenty when the book was published.

Frankenstein was published in 1818, as the Industrial Revolution readied for takeoff in Europe. Science held out the promise of mankind’s triumph over nature, even over death itself – and electricity was the key. In the novel, a doctor uses electricity to re-animate parts of human corpses into a whole, living being – who, although hideous, develops intelligence and self-awareness – and finally turns against its creator. Frankenstein was banned in South Africa in 1955, for containing material deemed “indecent” and “obscene.”

Sandy Shapshay: Bloomington Advocates for Nonviolent and Innovative Deer Stewardship

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Sandy Shapshay, of the Bloomington Advocates for Nonviolent and Innovative Deer Stewardship, discusses the upcoming Non-lethal Deer Conflict Management Forum.

Standing Room Only – Green History

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On Wednesday, August 27 at 6 pm Susan Ferentinos, Public History Researcher, Consultant, and Writer, presented a program entitled “Historic Preservation as a Green Alternative.” The presentation centers on historic preservation and how it protects community. It also often is a far greener option than new building construction. In this talk, Ferentinos explores recent efforts between the historic preservation and green building movements to create a sustainable future together by combining energy conservation with the reuse of existing building stock. This talk was hosted by Green Drinks Bloomington and recorded by Molly O’Donnel for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

EcoReport – September 4, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Sandy Shapshay, of the Bloomington Advocates for Nonviolent and Innovative Deer Stewardship, discusses the upcoming Non-lethal Deer Conflict Management Forum.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally consciou

Anchors this week: Kristina Wiltsee and Dan Young.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. This week’s calendar was compiled by Dan Young.
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller, Stephanie Stewart, and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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