Strikes Averted at Philly CBS, NBC Stations?

It appears work stoppages have been avoided at two local network affiliates ahead of the pope's visit.

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It appears that two Philadelphia television stations dealing with potential labors stoppages might get through Pope Francis’ visit without strikes.

Officials at CBS3 and NBC10 this week said they expected to get through the visit without major interruptions. Unions at both stations had threatened to strike during the pope’s two days in Philadelphia.

At CBS3, spokeswoman Joanne Calabria said Tuesday: “We are pleased that CBS 3 has reached a mutually beneficial agreement with our IATSE employees that allows them to continue working without interruption.” She didn’t offer details; the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees represents the photographers and technicians at the station.

At NBC10, a spokeswoman said Tuesday that negotiations are continuing: “NBC10 continues to negotiate in good faith with the IBEW to achieve a mutual resolution of our outstanding issues. We are working hard to ensure there will be no impact to our viewers, who will continue to have access to all of our local news and information without interruption.”

Monday had been the day that workers at NBC10 were scheduled to terminate their collective bargaining agreement, with the option to go on strike. Officials with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents photographers and techs at the station, did not return repeated calls for comment.

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