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June 29, 2012 | Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Elimination of the 8 percent labor management fee charged to groups at the Pennsylvania Convention Center formally takes effect on Sunday, according to the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, which oversees the center. The fee elimination was announced in early April and is intended to make the Convention Center and the city more competitive in attracting group business. Other changes designed to enhance customer service include mandatory hospitality training of workers, a new customer service booth on the show floor, and increased transparency of labor rates and hours.
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March 14, 1992 | by Jenice M. Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer
Merchants at the Reading Terminal Market may have to share stands, operate from temporary stations in the terminal or close down temporarily while the historic train shed is renovated. These are among the suggestions to be discussed by a new task force set up to resolve the ongoing dispute between the merchants and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. The two sides appeared to be at impasse until Mayor Rendell and state Sen. Vince Fumo announced that they would mediate the dispute.
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December 2, 1989 | Daily News Staff Report
Reading Terminal Market merchants have filed suit against the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, charging that it reneged on payments it agreed to make to them. The merchants' lawsuit also seeks to stop work on the $500 million-plus Center City convention center until the dispute is resolved. "We do this with great regret," said Harry G. Ochs, president of the Reading Terminal Market Merchants Association. "We're not trying to cause any trouble. It's just that we've been through plenty, and now it's time for us to stand up and be heard.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2002 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Unable to reach a unanimous vote, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority yesterday put off appointing a new Convention Center chief until Wednesday. Members of the board said they hoped the delay would give them time to reach consensus so the board did not appear politically divided. The board has four Republicans and four Democrats, all political appointees. The ninth member, Democrat Bernard Watson, was chosen jointly by the other eight as their chairman. At the center of the rift is Robert Judge, the most visible of the three candidates interviewed since the presidential search began four months ago. Judge, a Republican, was Pennsylvania revenue secretary under former Gov. Tom Ridge, and has been corporate secretary and assistant to the chairman at the Delaware River Port Authority since September 2000.
NEWS
December 17, 1987 | By CYNTHIA BURTON, Daily News Staff Writer
A panel of three Common Pleas judges has upheld the constitutionality of the city's hotel tax, clearing the first legal hurdle to financing the new convention center. The tax must be declared constitutional because it will be used to pay off bonds on the $468 million convention center. Attorneys for the city and the Embassy Suites Hotel at the airport - which sued the city to overturn the tax - plan to bring the case to the state Supreme Court to put the issue to rest, according to attorneys for the city and Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.
NEWS
February 22, 1990 | By Michael B. Coakley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former City Streets Commissioner Harry M. Perks was confirmed yesterday as executive director of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. He will assume his new duties next Thursday with an annual salary of $140,000. "We are very pleased to make this significant appointment after completing an extensive executive search," said authority board Chairman Willard G. Rouse 3d. "We feel strongly that Mr. Perks brings specific expertise in the construction area and broad management experience, which will only enhance this already exciting project.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2007 | By Stacey Burling INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In speeches before members of the region's hospitality industry yesterday, Mayor Street and Mayor-elect Michael Nutter agreed on one thing: They like the hospitality industry. Hospitably, the audience at the annual membership luncheon of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau gave each a standing ovation. Street was being honored for his longtime support for the Convention Center and expanded tourism. Organizers had said Nutter, who resigned in April as chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority board, would talk about the future of the tourism industry, but he did not make any specific proposals.
NEWS
April 18, 1991 | By Larry Copeland, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Goode, Gov. Casey and developer Willard G. Rouse 3d stood amid the drone of earth-moving equipment and the clanging of steel against concrete yesterday watching a long-awaited project taking shape: the Center City convention center. It was the official groundbreaking ceremony for the project, although construction has been going on at the site, bounded by Arch, Race, 11th and 13th Streets, since January. Larry Rommes, site superintendent, said about 125 workers were on the site, working on various aspects of the convention center's Exhibit Hall Building.
NEWS
March 13, 1990 | By Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
Conflicting reports on the cleanup of PCBs and other contaminants at the Reading Terminal have caused the city to postpone its purchase of the property for the Center City convention center and hotel project, developer Willard G. Rouse announced yesterday. The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority was scheduled to close the deal on the property Thursday or Friday, Rouse said. A report issued in mid- February by consultants hired by the Reading Co. indicated that PCB levels in the terminal shed, arcade and basement met federal environmental guidelines.
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June 1, 1988 | By CYNTHIA BURTON, Daily News Staff Writer
Time is growing short for approval of a $216 million bond issue to finance construction of Philadelphia's new Convention Center. City Council must approve the deal by June 30, when Council breaks for the summer, or the center's fate could be jeopardized. When Council will get its hands on the bond-deal legislation is unknown, because the Goode administration and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority have not yet signed off on it. If Council does not approve the bond issue until after it reconvenes in the fall - and plans by Council to scrutinize the deal could postpone the issue until then, Council members say - it's anyone's guess when construction could get under way. And according to the law that created the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, if construction does not start by Dec. 31, the authority cannot use the city's 5 percent hotel tax, a portion of which is earmarked to help finance construction.
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August 16, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Outside the Convention Center, union carpenters no longer allowed to work there pursued a public strategy to regain those jobs: rallying and protesting, armed with bullhorns, leaflets, and an inflatable Fat Cat. Inside their union hall, another strategy was underway: firing off grievances against 13 major show contractors, the companies actually hired to set up and dismantle the trade shows and conventions that fill the center. That put the contractors, who had used the carpenters to set up shows, in the cross fire in the high-stakes battle between the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, one of the city's most powerful construction unions.
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June 28, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Concerned about minority access to contracts, two members of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority board asked Friday to delay a vote on a $1.28 million heating and air-conditioning contract. "It's not to ensure the fairness of the outcome, but the fairness of the process," said board member Ryan Boyer, business manager of the Laborers District Council of Philadelphia, one of four unions handling show work at the center. Facilities director Janet Mitrocsak had prepared a report for the board meeting on the bids for maintenance of the heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation system, with the winning bidder, Johnson Controls Inc., having the lowest price.
NEWS
August 9, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Thomas Fitzgerald, and Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writers
Standing in a beer garden across from the Liberty Bell, the city's leaders vowed Thursday to lure the Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia and announced their slogan: "Let's make history again. " Ed Rendell, the former mayor and governor, would not say whether that was a sly reference to the candidate he supports - Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who could be the first woman to win a major party's nomination for president. "You can work on figuring that out," he said with a smile.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THEY MARCHED one-by-one in succession, guarded by a giant, inflatable "fat cat" with a devilish grin. The cat extended a giant paw with a diamond pinkie ring to be kissed. The other paw choked the neck of a faux man in a hard hat. Despite sweltering temperatures sirening the advent of summer, Carpenters Local 8 and Teamsters Local 107 were picketing in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center yesterday morning. They called for an end to the "lockout" they say has now rendered them jobless.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first real test of how the Convention Center will operate under its new work rules will come Thursday afternoon, when the 2014 BIO World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology wraps up its three-day conference. That's when, instead of having the usual full array of six Convention Center unions to dismantle the show, the work will be done by members of the four unions that met a May 5 deadline to sign a new Customer Satisfaction Agreement. The two other unions, the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters Local 8 and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 107, have been ousted from the center for not signing on time.
NEWS
May 9, 2014
THE PENNSYLVANIA Convention Center Authority board this week did what no one thought could happen in Philadelphia: It faced down a powerful union boss and demanded change. In a way, the board had no choice. Business at the $1.3 billion center has been sinking ever since a huge extension opened up in 2011. The new supersized hall was supposed to draw 25 to 30 major conventions a year. This year, it will host 14; numbers trail off to single digits going forward. The loss of those conventions will ripple through the rest of the city's economy - to the tune of $1 billion in spending lost by hotels, restaurants and other services that cater to conventioneers.
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May 8, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THE TEAMSTERS and carpenters who set up exhibits at the Pennsylvania Convention Center could find themselves out of work by Saturday, after refusing yesterday to sign a labor agreement that changes their work rules. Four of the six convention-center unions agreed to a new deal, giving exhibitors more freedom in choosing how their displays are set up and who does what work in the process. The move came after years of dwindling bookings at the center, which was supposed to draw conventions on an international scale.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
SMG manages convention centers as large as McCormick Place, the Chicago behemoth on the shores of Lake Michigan, and as small as the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Fla. But winning control of Philadelphia's Convention Center has special meaning. "This time it's personal," said SMG president and CEO Wes Westley on Thursday, a day after the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority board voted to make the West Conshohocken-based firm the manager of the challenged facility.
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