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.
A Pennsylvania House committee has passed a bill that would restrict the ability of the state to collect dues on behalf of public employee unions.
Remember last week’s one-day strike by SEPTA’s Regional Rail workers? It shut down when President Obama created a federal mediation board to resolve the situation. Well: Today the federal mediators are in town. It could be a very long process.
Fourteen building-trades unions in Philadelphia have agreed to take a 20 percent pay cut on projects built by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. That will reduce costs on publicly funded affordable housing projects — and could spread back into the private sector.
The Inquirer reports:
Acme workers in Pennsylvania could vote to go on strike this weekend. The store operates 110 stores with 10,000 employees in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
That didn’t last long. As we told you this weekend, President Obama signed an executive order Saturday that forces striking SEPTA Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers back on the job for the next 240 days while an arbitration board attempts to craft a settlement. Which means you have no excuse to miss work this morning.
Workers struck Saturday, but were back on the job Sunday, the walkout so short-lived that most effects of the strike were muted. (Unless you wanted to go somewhere on Saturday.)
SEPTA may be trying to provoke a strike by regional rail workers now, the Inquirer reports, in an attempt to avoid a work stoppage in colder (and higher-ridership) months.
That’s the apparent logic behind the agency’s Monday moves to impose its terms on those workers, which “could prompt a strike that would halt all commuter rail service at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.”
The Inquirer reports that the leadership of the Teamsters local is facing formal complaints — before the National Labor Relations Board — from members angry the union lost out on business at the Convention Center. Michael Conway and Edwin Taylor have both filed complaints; Conway’s is all the more remarkable because he was until recently an ally of union head William Hamilton.
The Inquirer reports that Ed Coryell, seeking readmission of the Carpenters Union to work at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, has written a letter to Gov. Corbett. The union has been locked out since it was late meeting a deadline earlier this month to agree to new work rules at the center.