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DON’T BOTHER TO CALL late dining service until midnight for plotters and schemers and the best Gumbo in town Restaurant & Bar 3.010 Guadalupe Austin, Texas “I BIKelmmulet “AN ISLAND ISLAND OF SMALL BUSINESSES IN A SEA OF CORPORATE INTERESTS” LOCATED AT SAN ANTONIO & 24th St. IN AUSTIN RIGHT WHERE THE TEXAS OBSERVER WAS BEFORE WE RAN ‘EM OUT. INNER SANCTUM RECORDS Last of the great independents YASMIN’S HAIR SALON Pretty is as pretty does. Guys too! BODY NOTIONS Lotions & Potions COPY RITE copycopycopycopy WHOLE EARTH TRAVEL You’ll never see it like this again. WHOLE EARTH PROV. CO If you want to be outdoors, what are you doing here ? OLLIE TROUT’S JEWELRY Really, they’re good goldsmiths. JAVA JUNK Just what it says MAD DOGS AND BEANS Best burger in town AIkg Seltzers on the house END OF THE TRAIL Don’t get lost, there’s silver at the end of this rainbow. LES AMIS Just another sidewalk cafe for politicians, professors, & people ROSE ARTHUR’S ATTIC Old clothes for new. Lamps too. BETTER HEAD SHOP Things for you know what. GOLDEN CALF LEATHER Kinky custom leather work. COMMUNITY ELECTRONICS Fastest & best solder gun east of the Pecos. American-Statesman. The council now has the opportunity and, some say, the inclination, to clean up the station’s management, to see to it that KLRN lives up to its potential. So far the investigators have been preoccupied with the managers’ lack of interest in developing KLRN’s financial and physical resources, which include an annual operating budget of about $3.5million, hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment, and 19,000 square feet of studid floor space. But some committee ‘members understand that securing a cbmpetent crew is just as important. “The equipment’s only as good as its operators,” observes. Wooten. Committee chairman Bob Roth declares that despite all the talk about the spaciousness of KLRN’s studios, “there’s a hell of a lot more to a televi sion station than that.” That’s exactly what the production workers guild has been saying for the past four years, and it isn’t clear even now that the council is going to listen. Mary Ann Wooten is pretty optimistic, saying that previously top management and the council’s lawyers have been less than honest about the union. “I guarantee that given the correct information, the board would handle the situation differently.” Gustavo Garcia, who also served on the investigating committee, disagrees. The council, he says “has been antiunion through and through.” In his opinion, employees will have to push for union recognition, or else settle.for a pro forma grievance procedure concocted by management. Continued recognition efforts will not be greeted with glad cries of delight. Garcia himself believes the time to do it is later: “A strong push at this time would be futile.” Chairman Roth thinks “never” would be good, saying, “What the hell does a union have to do with treating yOur employees properly?” A real question is what the council plans to do about the mess at KLRN. So far, they’ve been short on answers. As for the union, its membership now is mainly freelancers who only occasionally find work at KLRN. Still, the guild is a source of talented professional people who have hung around Austin hoping to play a part in network-quality prograniming. And by stressing the need for professional standards in labor-management relations, says guild president Thomas, “we’re planning for the future of KLRN,” whether the council is or not. 0 THE TEXAS OBSERVER