Report: CBS3 Workers Authorize Strike

They join NBC10 employees in using pope's visit for leverage.

If the pope visits and there’s not a local TV crew there to record the event, does it really happen? We may find out.

Philadelphia Business Journal reports that workers at CBS3 have voted to authorize a strike, following an earlier strike vote by NBC10 crews. In both cases, the workers are using Pope Francis’ visit to Philly as leverage in bargaining.“Very rarely do we have any advantage in negotiations,” a CBS source told PBJ. “With the Pope coming, we have a little. So we are going to use any advantage we can get.”

No strike date has been set at CBS3, where the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees represents the photographers and technicians threatening to walk. At NBC, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 has set a strike date of September 21st. [Philadelphia Business Journal]