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January 09, 2013

Long-Running Labor Battle Settled at Fla. Arts Center

A 12-year dispute between a performing-arts venue in West Palm Beach, Fla., and its stagehands ended last week when the National Labor Relations Board approved a $2.2-million payment to the workers, Reuters reports.

The money will be paid in installments this month and next January to 248 union workers at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

The fight dates from 2000, when the center fired six stagehands and declared an impasse in talks with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, prompting the union to file an NLRB complaint. Workers at the Kravis Center went on strike briefly in December 2012 before the union and the center signed a five-year collective-bargaining agreement.