- by Jacob Coakley
Just before Christmas IATSE Local 500 and the Kravis Center (a performing arts center in West Palm Beach, Fla.) reached a contract agreement, ending 12 years of labor strife at the Center. The agreement includes a five-year labor contract, the withdrawal of all pending unfair labor practice charges, and a resolution of the back pay elements of the case. This was (obviously) a long-running dispute between the IATSE and the Center, with multiple complaints from the National Labor Relations Board against the Center. At one point, a federal judge had to order the Kravis Center to bargain in good faith. In July of 2012 the NLRB ruled that the Kravis Center owed more than $2.6 million in pay to stagehands.
IATSE, LOCAL 500, & THE KRAVIS CENTER HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT
Friday, December 21, 2012
IATSE, Local 500, and the Kravis Center are pleased to have reached an agreement ending the 12-year labor dispute between the parties.
The agreement provides for a new 5-year labor contract, the withdrawal of all pending unfair labor practice charges, and a resolution of the back pay elements of the case.
This agreement effectively ends the current strike and allows for the immediate return to work of the IATSE stage hands at the Kravis Center.
“The Union looks forward to building a positive relationship that contributes to the success of the Kravis Center and gainful employment for the people we represent,” stated IATSE Local 500 Business Representative Terry McKenzie.
Jim Mitchell, Chief Operations Officer for The Kravis Center noted, “The Kravis Center is glad to resolve this dispute in a way that was acceptable to both sides. We are anxious for our theater operations to return to business as usual.”
The agreement comes just in time to get the employees back to work and provide the patrons a quality theater experience for the holidays.
[Joint Press Release with IATSE Local 500 and The Kravis Center.]