Camera operators at two local television stations are considering strikes ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported.

At CBS 3 Philadelphia, members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees local 804 voted to authorize a strike Tuesday — though issued no strike date. Workers at NBC 10, who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, have set a Sept. 21 deadline. 

An anonymous source told PBJ that the strike vote was designed to give the union "leverage" ahead of the papal visit. 

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“Very rarely do we have any advantage in negotiations. With the pope coming, we have a little. So we are going to use any advantage we can get," the source said. 

Workers at CBS 3 are holding out for a 3 percent raise, PBJ reported. The station has offered 2 percent. 

"We look forward to reaching a fair and mutually beneficial agreement with our IATSE employees as soon as possible," CBS 3 said in a statement. 

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At NBC 10, the fight is over the number of union jobs. The station apparently wants to fire union workers and replace them with less expensive ones.