Temporary deal cut to get union carpenters back to work at Pa. Convention Center

Listen
 Members of the Carpenters Union protest outside  the Pennsylvania Convention Center in May, 2014 (NewsWorks file photo)

Members of the Carpenters Union protest outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in May, 2014 (NewsWorks file photo)

A short-term deal has been struck between the carpenters union and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. They will not be walking a picket line, for now.

The Carpenters Union Local 8 went on strike Thursday while both sides were talking about proposed new work rules.

Pennsylvania Convention Center spokesman Pete Peterson says things broke down when a management committee asked for more time to consider a deal proposed by the union.

“They said they needed some more time to review it and determine whether or not it would fulfill the needs and expectations and of its customers,” Peterson said. “The committee went back to the carpenters and officially said give us some more time to review this we have some questions that need to be answered. The carpenters officially said no and went on strike.”

Peterson says now both sides have agreed to a temporary deal that gets the carpenters back to work.

“We expect them to play a role in the move out of our current show the American Academy of Neurology and various upcoming events like the Broad Street Run this weekend,” he said.

The temporary deal runs through May 10th.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.