Carpenters Union: No Protests at Pa. Convention Center During Pope Visit

The Carpenters union, one of two unions embroiled in a battle with the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, has sent a clear message that it won't interfere with Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia this September.

"While we are currently engaged in an unfair labor practices dispute with the Pennsylvania Convention Center over a disputed deadline for signing a customer satisfaction agreement — which we signed — we want to assure you that our on-going protest of this injustice will in no way interfere or disrupt the Holy Father's visit to Philadelphia," Ed Coryell, business manager of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, wrote in a letter to Archbishop Charles Chaput on Monday.

Pope Francis will be visiting the United States for the first time during the last two days of the World Meeting of Families event, which will run from Sept. 22-27.

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