Union Unrest Continues at Convention Center

Carpenters plan another protest today.

Expect more labor protests at the Pennsylvania Convention Center today. “Tensions are mounting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where protesting union carpenters – excluded, unfairly they say, from working at the complex – plan another big protest Friday morning,” the Inquirer reports this morning.

The story remains the same as it’s been for much of the summer: The Carpenters are mad that they weren’t included in a contract with other major unions to do work, under new work rules, at the convention center. Center officials say the union had a deadline to sign the contract and didn’t meet it — so story over. The remaining unions are working to promote the new arrangement at the center in hopes of bringing more business to Philadelphia, but feelings remain quite sore, at least among the Carpenters.

Martin O’Rourke, a spokesman for the Carpenters, said this week his workers should be allowed back at the center. “Why continue with this disruption and protest?” he asked. “It’s not good for business in Philadelphia.”

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  • Jonathan Mandoza

    The carpenters should build a new convention center for themselves.

  • Taxpayer

    These losers just don’t seem to understand that they aren’t locked out, they are fired.
    Move on. It’s over. You lost and the rest of us are glad you did.

  • connied

    stop blaming the men and look to eddie coryell and his father, who run the carpenters’ union in the philadelphia region. The blame for the poor work reputation and the lock out rests solely on the shoulders of those two leaders who KNEW the consequences of their actions. If they ran their locals responsibly with the good of the men at the forefront, this would not have happened. eddie corryell and his father should be fired. they’re disgraceful leaders who’s only interest is to line their pockets as thick and as fat as they can before their reign is over.

    • Accountable or die

      Amen to that brother …accountability should be priority one …off with their heads

  • Boo-urns

    Stupid union goons, get what they deserve. I am all for workers rights, what I’m not for is institutionalized blackmail and unfair policies towards conventioners. Play nice or go away. I should be allowed to plug in a power cord without paying a union goon to do it for me.