Pat Gillespie

Ed Rendell.   File photo by Chris Kleponis/ Getty Images)

Rendell Criticizes Dems In Pa. House For Abandoning Transport Funding Bill

Transportation funding was one of Rendell’s biggest initiatives and biggest frustrations during his eight years as governor.


(A giant inflatable rat sat outside the Wyndham Hotel, at 4th and Arch Streets, on Wednesday and Thursday.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Giant, Crying Rat Draws Old City Hotel Guests Into Labor Dispute

The sound effect, along with a ten-foot-tall inflatable rat, are the centerpieces of a protest by union workers who say the hotel is using out-of-town labor for renovations.


(The Market Street entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Carpenters’ Union Boss Gets Seat on Pa. Convention Center Board

That appointment is noteworthy because tourism industry officials have long privately (and occasionally publicly) blamed the carpenters for customer dissatisfaction at the center.


(L-R: Anthony Fullard, iron worker;  Bruce Crawley, president of Millennium 3 Management; and Pat Gillespie, business mgr. of Phila. Building & Construction Trades Council, testify before city councilmembers.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Industry Experts Testify at Phila. City Council Hearing on Deadly Building Collapse

Committee members got an education on best practices and standards from leading local experts in the field.


Center City Building Collapsefile photo (credit: Chopper 3 HD)

Head Of Philly Construction & Trades Council: Unions Alerted L&I About Dangerous Situation At Demolition Site

Following a deadly building collapse in Center City, Pat Gillespie, the head of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, told WPHT’s Dom Giordano that the unions alerted L&I about the building before it fell.


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

Head Of Philadelphia Trade Unions Supports Convention Center Privatization Inquiry

Pat Gillespie, head of the Building Trades Council, representing unions at the center, has a seat on the board and supports a look at potentially privatizing the center’s management.


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Part 3: Jobs & The Economy

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 totaled $787 billion, split about equally among tax cuts, payments to and for individuals, and public works.


(Tents of "Occupy Philadelphia" on Dilworth Plaza.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Unionized Workers Ask ‘Occupy Philly’ Camp To Make Way For Their Project

The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council is formally asking the occupiers to move off Dilworth Plaza because, it says, its members desperately need the work that a planned plaza reconstruction project would bring.


New Report Increases Tension Between Pennsylvania Convention Center And Its Unions

A new report about the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s operations is adding fuel to tensions between the Center and the unions that work there.