Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority wins union victory


AMERICAS – A Labour Relations board has thrown out anti-union charges brought against a convention centre.

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board said it had no jurisdiction in the unfair labour charges against the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.

Hearing examiner Jack E. Marino made his decision after reviewing the parties’ submissions in the dispute between the convention centre and the Carpenters and Teamsters, the two unions who are barred from working at the facility.

He decided that the centre, a public entity, did not directly employ the union workers and that therefore, the PLRB, which handles public-employee labour issues, did not have jurisdiction.

John McNichol, president and CEO of the PCCA, said: “We believe, and have maintained for months, that the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority acted in a fair manner and within the law. These new work rules and expanded exhibitor rights were needed to fulfil the centre’s responsibility to become more competitive, address customer concerns, and meet our mission of serving as the economic driver for the region’s hospitality industry.”

Both parties have 20 days to appeal the board’s decision.

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