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Head Of Philadelphia Trade Unions Supports Convention Center Privatization Inquiry

(The Pennsylvania Convention Center, with Philadelphia City Hall in the background.  File photo by Randall E. Scott)

(The Pennsylvania Convention Center, with Philadelphia City Hall in the background. File photo by Randall E. Scott)

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Mike Dunn is City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060. He covers...
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By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A top Philadelphia union leader says he’s fully behind a move by the board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center to look at potentially privatizing the center’s management.

Since it opened 20 years ago, the Convention Center has been run by a politically appointed board that oversees paid staff.

Now, the board has issued a request for proposals to see if private companies that operate large centers might do a better job at running the place.

Pat Gillespie, head of the Building Trades Council, representing unions at the center, has a seat on the board and supports the move.

“The action we took will give us information, just to guide us. Whether or not we go to outsourcing the management to a firm, or whether we get suggestions from those folks to help our present managers, I don’t know how that’s going to wind up,” he told KYW Newsradio Friday morning.

The board would not decide the matter until June at the earliest.

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