Philly carpenters still on job after contract expires

May 1, 2009 7:26:21 AM PDT
Union carpenters are still on the job in the Philadelphia area. Labor agreements between the carpenters and two builders' associations that were to expire at 12:01 a.m. Friday have been extended until midnight Monday. Union leader Ed Coryell says bargaining will continue.

The talks also cover smaller trade unions such as painters and tile setters.

A strike could affect the $786 million Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion.

General Building Contractors Association president Walter Palmer says the labor agreement for the expansion has a no-work-stoppage clause that was signed by Building Trades Council chief Pat Gillespie, but the individual unions did not sign the agreement.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters held a two-day strike in May 2006.

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