‘Come To Philly, The Carpenters Aren’t In Charge’

 

Carpenter's Union Head Ed Coryell | Photo (of oil painting): The Inquirer

Carpenter’s Union Head Ed Coryell | Photo (of oil painting): The Inquirer

  • In his “Publius” column over at Axis Philly, Tom Ferrick chronicles the extraordinary last three weeks in Philly labor history. Ferrick says that Ed Coryell, head of the Carpenter’s Union who just last August preempted a major convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with a mini-strike (thereby securing a one-year extension), “overplayed his hand” when he attempted a similar maneuver on May 1. As the shifts in convention standards necessitated shifts within the work rule agreements that instigated this dispute, Ferrick writes off Coryell as complacent and unable to understand—let alone counteract—the severe economical argument forming against the labor interest. The Convention Center Board’s defiant May Day stand just might serve to undo some of the damage done to the center’s bookings under the old rules.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. Philadelphia is smarter than all US cities other than NYC? Smarter than Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and so forth? smarter than many cities in Europe including Munich?

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