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Hastings, Deutch ask U.S. Labor Sec to step into Kravis Center labor dispute

by George Bennett | June 29th, 2011

U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, and Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, today urged U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to intervene in a long-running dispute between the Kravis Center and a stagehands union.

The union and the West Palm Beach performing arts venue have been at odds since 2000, when center officials broke off contract talks and stopped using union stagehands. A federal appeals court in 2008 upheld two lower court rulings that the center had engaged in unfair labor practices and ordered it to return to the bargaining table. Talks broke down in January.

“As this conflict dates back over a decade, we therefore request that you please take a stand to compel the Kravis Center to change their course of conduct once and for all,” Hastings and Deutch say in a letter to Solis.

Kravis Center officials didn’t immediately respond.

Union members have not gone on strike, but have conducted “informational pickets” outside the Kravis Center from time to time. During last year’s U.S. Senate campaign, former Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek refused to cross the picket line.

Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel, who’s now a Democratic congressional candidate, and liberal comedian Bill Maher are among those who have crossed the informational pickets.

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9 Responses to “Hastings, Deutch ask U.S. Labor Sec to step into Kravis Center labor dispute”

  1. Termack Says:

    Get all the fact on this issue at:

  2. L. K. Cobb Says:

    Thanks so much to Alcee Hastings and Ted Deutch for your support. So often we feel like no one is listening or cares. So: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This means a lot to all of us directly involved in this issue, and indeed, to all workers & all union members across America. Go USA!

    Thanks to you both.

  3. jj Says:

    Great….Typical left wing liberal union support…

  4. pooka Says:

    Now will we get some justice? I hope so.

  5. Hally O'Brien Says:

    Great to have your staff blog about this as we are paying for them to work. Hastings convicted…Deutch soon to be convicted.

  6. Not a Federal matter Says:

    The impeached judge & the Wexler clone should have stayed out of what is a local issue.

  7. hank shaw Says:

    One impeavhed, Hastings belongs in jail and is being investigated by the House ERthics Committee. Just another union goon trying to get his.

  8. Kravis Violates Says:

    The Kravis Center continues to show how low it is willing to go by ignoring the courts rulings. I wonder when, or if, they will ever understand that ‘KRAVIS name’ is becoming synonymous with backstabbing, anti-worker, criminal, labor law violating, local, performing arts center.

  9. Taxes are for the poor Says:

    Is it a sociopathic world we live in. The Kravis center is a ‘tax exempt’ organization, that is using the local community, to hire law firms to protect themselves, while they continue to break the law. I’m sorry but WHO is on the Board of the Kravis Center?
    When can we expect them to be denied their tax-exempt status?

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