Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent the following letter to William A. Meyer, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. The letter urges the Kravis Center to end the ongoing labor dispute and reach an immediate agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).
October 4, 2012
Mr. William A. Meyer
Board of Directors
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
701 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Dear Mr. Meyer:
I write to express my dismay over the continued refusal by the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. to bargain in good faith with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). As you know, this dispute began in September 2000, when the Kravis Center unlawfully fired stagehands and committed unfair labor practices.
Despite multiple rulings against the Kravis Center, it has yet to pay $2.6 million in back pay and benefit contributions to IATSE stagehands.
I do not understand why, after twelve years of rulings in the union's favor, your facility is still not willing to cooperate and continues to violate federal labor law.
With a hearing scheduled for October 29, 2012, it is my sincere hope that the Kravis Center will finally put an end to this ongoing dispute, and reach an immediate agreement with the union.
Alcee L. Hastings
Member of Congress