- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia convention center officials have sued a carpenters union over alleged antics they say caused $1 million in damages at the Philadelphia Auto Show.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1RkJepO) the racketeering lawsuit accuses union members of “violent, illegal and extortionate conduct.”

Pennsylvania Convention Center officials say that 200 union members wreaked havoc at the show in February, removing engine covers, stealing gas caps and ripping out other equipment.

The suit also says the union members disrupted an auto show fundraiser by pounding on windows outside and shouting obscenities.

Convention Center chief executive John McNichol in a statement calls the damage “very serious.”

Union leader Edward Coryell did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The suit was filed Thursday in federal court in Philadelphia.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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