By Jessica Parks, philly.com
The U.S. Golf Association has made deals with two local labor unions, ending protests over preparations for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
Union representatives said Friday that the deal would bring full-time work for about 40 Philadelphia-area carpenters and a handful of stagehands leading up to the tournament from June 10 to 16.
The carpenters will set up 160,000 square feet of flooring for the spectator tents and walkways, as well as decorative elements and other infrastructure, union spokesman Ed Coryell Jr. said. Stagehands will set up speaker systems, projection screens, and other entertainment elements.
The USGA’s current contractor, Classic Tents, will finish putting up the giant white tents, which Coryell said “was a tough pill to swallow.”