PHILADELPHIA, May 14, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today urged the board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center to exercise fairness and respect the Customer Satisfaction Agreement (CSA) reached with the Carpenters Local 8 and Teamsters Local 107 on May 9.

The Board, citing a May 5 deadline, did not accept the CSA and has reopened it without the participation of the unions.

“The Pennsylvania Convention center is a valuable asset to the 1st Senatorial District, but it cannot run without the hardworking men and women of Carpenters Local 8 and Teamsters Local 107,” said Farnese. “To lock the unions out because of an oversight and deprive the workers and their families of their jobs is unconscionable.”

Though the CSA expired at midnight May 5, the final terms were not sent to the Carpenters union until May 4.

“Good faith collective bargaining takes time. The unions were not afforded the proper time to consider the terms and potential ramifications upon their members,” Farnese said. “I urge the board to reconsider the CSA and end this lockout, which is harmful to the Carpenters, Teamsters and workers of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

The Pennsylvania Convention Center was built and expanded using considerable public funding and is managed by SMG. The CSA, which was agreed to by the Carpenters on May 9, allows for more flexible terms in the erection of booths and displays and gives more control to the Convention Center management in the allocation of workers.

Sen. Farnese said he plans to work with his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Caucus to urge the board to reconsider their position by accepting the CSA and ending the lockout of the Carpenters Local 8 and Teamsters Local 107.