KBOO is a media sponsor of The Skanner’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast. This important event honors the memory of Dr. King, raises funds for college scholarships and brings together local community and political leaders. This year, the event is being held at the downtown Hilton where the workers have called for a boycott of the hotel.
The Skanner set up the breakfast many months ago and because they just found out about the boycott, they were unable to move the event. We signed on as a media cosponsor of the breakfast before we were aware of the labor dispute. This presented a conundrum for us because we wanted to support the workers, but we also wanted to support the event.
While this is a difficult situation for everyone involved, I spoke with Eryn Slack of Unite Here which is representing the workers. Eryn told me that “We definitely don’t want to disrupt the MLK Day event…We will not picket this event” because The Skanner just learned of the issues. Supporters of the workers are trying to set up a meeting with Hilton management immediately following the breakfast. I have agreed to represent KBOO in meeting with the management. Obviously, we won’t be cosponsoring or attending other events at the hotel until management agrees to acceptable treatment of the workers.
Please note that the breakfast is a completely separate event from our live broadcast of the “23rd Annual Keep Alive The Dream” tribute from World Arts Foundation which we are broadcasting live on the same day.