Carpenters Union Ends Strike at Convention Center

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    The Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia is shown Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. Demolition work is set to begin Wednesday for a $700 million expansion of the center, which is slated to be fully operational by 2010. The first wrecking ball will swing after more than five years of wrangling over labor issues and construction costs. (AP Photo/George Widman)

    The Carpenters Local 8 decided to end its brief strike at the Pennsylvania Convention Center late Thursday evening but were told not to come back to work, business manager Ed Coryell Sr. said Friday morning.

    But Bob McClintock, senior vice president of convention center operator SMG, said “no one is locked out.” McClintock said he received a call at roughly 11 p.m. Thursday evening from a union official saying the carpenters were ready to end their strike that began earlier that day. But by that point, SMG made other plans to help them wrap up the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) which brought 13,000 people to the region.

    “We told them we’re determining our work needs right now and that we’d be in touch,” McClintock said. “This is standard operating procedure when a union chooses to go out on strike but then says they want to come back to work.”

    For the second time in the past 12 months, the carpenter’s union went on strike. The latest strike is due to work-rule changes that the center’s board of directors say will “provide exhibitors with greater flexibility to build their booths and displays” as they can in other cities. The union is concerned that the changes will reduce members’ hours and income.

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