Wanted: Speaker for Oct. 15 Forum Club luncheonby Jane Musgrave | September 15th, 2010
Another politician has jumped on the anti-Kravis Center bandwagon.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink said today she won’t cross a picket line if labor troubles at the performing arts hall aren’t resolved by Oct. 15, when she is scheduled to speak to the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.
“She is hopeful that either the situation will be worked out or the venue will be moved,” Sink, the state’s CFO, said through a campaign spokeswoman.
Both Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Congressman Kendrick Meek cancelled their appearances today at the Kravis Center. The Forum Club-sponsored event was to be their first face-off in their U.S. Senate campaigns.
Late Tuesday, Crist, who shed his GOP bonafides to become an independent, said he wouldn’t cross the picket line organized by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Technicians and Allied Crafts. Meek, who had urged the Forum Club to change the venue, followed suit.
A federal appeals court in December 2008 upheld two lower court decisions that found the Kravis Center engaged in unfair labor practices when it threw out the stagehands union in 2000. Since then, the two sides have been unable to agree on a new contract.
Gayle Palleson, executive director of the non-profit group, said she didn’t know whether the October luncheon would be moved to union-neutral ground. “I’m going to have to meet with my officers and Kravis Center officials,” she said.