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Art Museum attempts to stay open despite big worker strike

About 180 employees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are now on strike, making it the largest walkout the institution has ever seen, per The Inquirer.

  • The union says workers are paid 20% less than comparable positions at other museums. Management says it offered wage increases totaling 11% by July 2024. Health benefits are another big sticking point.

Negotiations lasted hours last week, but failed to make progress. The museum is open during the strike, though some visitors are refusing to cross picket lines.

Picketing workers outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art Credit: Tom MacDonald / WHYY

Puerto Rican Day Parade brings color to the Parkway

Philly’s Puerto Rican Day Parade returned this weekend after two years canceled due to the pandemic.

  • The parade came days after Hurricane Fiona, which devastated the island. The storm was top of mind for many of the hundreds who lined the Ben Franklin Parkway for the event.

“It’s so important with all that’s going on in Puerto Rico right now, for us to come together,” one person told BP contributor Daisie Cardona, who took colorful pics of the show of Boricua pride.

A father poses with his daughters at the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Ben Franklin Parkway Credit: Daisie Cardona for Billy Penn

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MAYOR WATCH: Sep. 27, 2022

Mayor Kenney today signs an executive order banning firearms at city recreation facilities, including rec center buildings, athletic courts, fields, playgrounds, and pools. Up to now, if you had a permit, guns were not explicitly banned there. There have been 18 incidents of gun violence at parks and rec facilities this year alone, per Kenney’s office. The 10 a.m. briefing is being livestreamed on Facebook.


?️ TONIGHT: BP Quizzo at The Sidecar Bar & Grille! Join us at the Grad Hospital tavern for our monthly pub trivia about all things local, with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27)

? South Street hosts a huge block party this weekend, complete with Oktoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz and anniversary festivities at Philly AIDS Thift. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1)

? Tinned fish is one of the hottest ingredients these days — really! — and a dinner at Sunflower Philly lets you find out why. $125 tickets include all you can eat and drink. (6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1)