by Michael J. Shapiro | July 16, 2014
The Philadelphia regional office of the National Labor Relations Board ruled against the motion recently filed by Carpenters Local 8 and Teamsters Local 107 regarding alleged unfair practices by the Pennsylvania Convention Center. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the board dismissed the charges and declared that further proceedings were unwarranted. The union chapters charged that the Convention Center Authority acted in bad faith when it locked them out for refusing to sign a new customer-satisfaction agreement by the May 5 deadline; the locals claimed they thought they had until May 10 to sign. Four other unions signed the agreement and continue to work with the convention center. The NLRB regional office made no judgments about the validity of the evidence, and claimed the board had no jurisdiction over the Convention Center Authority, as it is a "political subdivision of Pennsylvania," according to the decision cited by the newspaper.