NYC Used Convention Center Labor Troubles Against Philly DNC Bid

They failed.

New York officials made a last-minute attempt to use last weekend’s labor troubles at the Philadelphia Auto Show to undercut Philly’s bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

They failed — Philly won the bid — but not without some harsh, perhaps desperate, rhetoric.

The Hill reports:

An official with the New York Hotel Trades Council, which is working with the city to woo the convention, slammed the convention center’s actions as “anti-union.”

“With Columbus lacking sufficient hotel rooms and now Philadelphia filing for an anti-union restraining order against the blue collar workers who would work at the DNC, it’s time to pick Brooklyn,” said Josh Gold, the union’s political director, in a statement.

“As we’ve said from the beginning of this process, New York has an unmatched ability to stage large-scale, high-profile events,” Laura Santucci, who headed New York’s bid, told The Hill this week. “From our strong relationships with the City’s trade unions to our infrastructure to the NYPD’s unrivaled security expertise, there is no better place to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention.”

The comments referred to the weekend disruption at the Philadelphia Auto Show: Members of the shut-out carpenters union say they entered the show merely to pass out educational flyers; Philadelphia Convention Center officials said those union members vandalized cars during the incident. Both sides eventually agreed to a restraining order against the carpenters union to prevent a recurrence of the problem.

If New York’s use of the incident seems unfair, just remember: Ed Rendell used New York’s bedbug infestation in his campaign to attract the DNC to Philly over New York. And we love him for it. All’s fair in love and convention campaigning.

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