Following a morning of picketing at the Convention Center by hundreds of union carpenters, the center's management and Local 8 of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters reached an agreement Friday, extending the current collective bargaining agreement, which expired Wednesday, until next Saturday.

The carpenters were returning to work in time to help dismantle a convention of 13,000 neurologists set to end Saturday, a Convention Center spokesman said.

Since beginning picketing Thursday, the carpenters had been both on strike and in a lockout.

They were the only union of the six working at the center to picket, and picketed for the most part around loading ramps.

Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 107 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and Local 332 of the Laborers International Union of North America had signed extensions until Tuesday.

Among the issues are rules governing how much work exhibitors can do on their own booths.

Agreements are still in effect for unions representing stagehands and ironworkers.