Owner of Forum Responds to Neil Young's Cancellation of Show

Cancellation of Show Leads to Loss Wages for Workers and Disappointment for Neil Young Fans

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I.A.T.S.E. Local 33 has been insensitive to the African-American ownership of the iconic Forum and has systematically exhibited racism against the church's efforts to employ the local community. We apologize to the fans who were counting on a great evening of music and the employees who were counting on the income.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 4, 2008

The Neil Young concert at The Forum was canceled because Neil Young chose to honor what he believed was a sanctioned picket line. The picket line, however, was not sanctioned. On July 11, 2006, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that The Forum and SMG were not in violation of any labor laws (case #31-CA-27801). In fact, I.A.T.S.E. Local 33 walked out of their jobs in April of 2006.    

Since that time the same union has continued to picket using false accusations and statements, claiming the church does not support "the working man" but in its community "the working man" is predominantly African-American and Hispanic. Historically, when the union would fill calls in the aforementioned facility, "the working man" never mirrored this community. I.A.T.S.E. Local 33 speaks about "the common man" but the economic impact of the loss of one concert causes approximately 400 employees (some of them union workers) to lose over $100k worth of income. These are part-time jobs that help supplement income to families, who need the additional help in these hard economic times.

Marc Little, General Counsel for Faithful Central Bible Church and COO for Forum Enterprises Inc. (the for-profit leg of the Church) believes that the union does not care about employing workers from the Inglewood community: "I.A.T.S.E. Local 33 has been insensitive to the African-American ownership of the iconic Forum and has systematically exhibited racism against the church's efforts to employ the local community. We apologize to the fans who were counting on a great evening of music and the employees who were counting on the income."

For press inquiries, please call or email Karen Lewis @ FEI.

About Forum Enterprises, Inc. (FEI)
Forum Enterprises, Inc. purchased the Forum in December 2000 from the Anschutz Entertainment Group. It continues to book quality entertainment events, concerts, cultural events and the like. SMG is the Forum's current venue manager; it was hired by Forum Enterprises, Inc. in July 2004.

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