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LOCAL AFL-CIO SPEAKS OUT AGAINST BET PRESIDENT JOHNSON
Published October 13, 1994
The Washington, DC, chapter of the AFL-CIO "dismissed" a plan by BET President Bob Johnson to build a privately funded sports arena, "citing the executive's labor practices" and lack of commitment from a pro franchise. Johnson will announce details of his plan today to build a $170M multi-use arena in the District. The group said that employees of Mr. Johnson who "tried to organize a union or work for better pay and improved working conditions were harassed, treated improperly or even fired." Joseph Westbrook, a technical director at BET, said he didn't think Johnson had the ability to build an arena, adding "he does not have the labor relations. Our working conditions are not the best" (Matt Neufeld, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/13).