Statement of Commitment to Democratic
20 May 1992
Over it's twenty year history, CFRU-FM Radio
has evolved from a traditional, hierarchical organization into
a network of people and activities connected by lines of communication
and accountability. As an accessible community and student organization,
we have come to be guided by the following principles:
- that CFRU-FM and its listenership is made up of many
different people with many different needs, all of whom will be treated with
respect and fairness. We recognize that differences of opinion are helpful
in creating stronger, more inclusive decisions, and endeavour to provide supportive
feedback to everyone with whom we are dealing.
- that individuals within the organization, as well as
listeners, will have input into station decisions which affect them, and that
station policies and procedures shall be determined in a manner which involves
those it affects.
- that information about station activities will be shared
with and accessible to all members of the organization.
- that decision making within the station will be functional,
and that while controls and authority do exist within the structure of work,
they will be subject to democratic checks to ensure fairness.
- major programming and policy changes are made by the
core staff through consensus.
The CFRU-FM's staff shall endeavour to make
these principles part of everyday work at the station.
The station's current policies and procedures
reflect our commitment to these ideas:
- The importance of each and every person actively involved
in CFRU-FM Radio is recognized in the station's Staff Rights and by
the Discipline and Remedial Action section of the Programming
Policy Creation procedures (November 1991). Although the contribution
of each staff person is different, each will be afforded the same amount of
respect and fairness.
- The station's commitment to resolving conflicts in a
positive manner and creating "bottom-up" accountability is reflected
in the station's Conflict Resolution Committee procedures (November
1991). The committee has both the responsibility and the power to mediate
between conflicting parties and to take action to resolve any grievance fairly.
- The responsibility of core staff to draft policy and
procedures collectively through consensus is reflected in the Core Staff
Committee and Programming Policy Creation and Discipline procedures
(November 1991). The core staff committee has the authority to draft station
policy and procedures, and it is the responsibility of individual staff to
fairly apply these to day-to-day station activities.
- The station's commitment to fairness and involvement
in employment issues is reflected in the CFRU-FM Personnel Policies
(April 1985) and Affirmative Action in Hiring procedures (January 1991).
The policy provides for staff input into hiring, fairness in discipline and
termination, and appeal procedures if termination is considered unfair. Hiring
at CFRU-FM is done by committees which involve those who will be affected
by the decision.
- Part of CFRU-FM's commitment to create a workplace which
is fair, humane and responsible is demonstrated by the station's Sexual
Harassment Policy and Procedure (November 1991).
As CFRU-FM grows and develops, it's policies
and procedures will continues to grow and develop to reflect these