Hearings slated on unions’ complaints on convention center

A labor relations hearing examiner has reversed his decision to throw out complaints by two unions banned from working at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia and plans to hold hearings on the issue.

Hearing examiner Jack Marino had earlier dismissed complaints by the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters and Teamsters Local 107 that the two unions had been improperly banned from the center in May.

The center’s management has blamed former work rules for chasing larger events away from the facility.

Union leaders hailed the new decision, but John McNichol, president and CEO of the Convention Center Authority, called it “disturbing,” saying that to his knowledge no new evidence had been introduced. He said reversal of recent changes at the center could lead to “a catastrophic loss of bookings.”

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