Construction Unions Want South Philly Casino Jobs

Two construction industry union leaders today got behind the effort of local investors who are asking the state Gaming Control Board to reconsider the Dec. 16 decision to revoke the casino license granted more than four years ago for a plot on Columbus Boulevard at Reed Street in South Philly.

Pat Gillespie, Business Manager of The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, and Ed Coryell, head of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, put out statements today asking the board to reverse the decision now that the local investors say they have closed a deal with Caesars Entertainment to take over the project.

The Gaming Control Board this week acknowledged receiving the petition to reconsider the license revocation from Philadelphia Entertainment Development Partners, which originally planned to open the casino under the Foxwoods brand.  A board spokesman said the petition will be studied to determine whether a hearing should be held to consider it.

Gillespie, in a statement released today, called on other labor unions and the city's delegation to the General Assembly to back the petition because the project would create 650 construction jobs and then 1,000 casino jobs.