Show Managers can now set-up their own trade show display

October 27, 2011

This past Friday we heard some good news regarding work-rule reforms at McCormick Place that were challenged by a federal lawsuit from the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and Teamsters Local 727.

trade show servicesCrain's Chicago Business, reports, "Under the agreements with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and Teamsters Local 727, the major reforms to remain include allowing show managers and exhibitors to assemble their own booths, handle their own equipment and unload their own vehicles."

In addition to this major milestone, concessions from the union include:

  1. Allowing work to be done by two-person crews, instead of the three workers previously required.
  2. Significantly lowering food prices.
  3. Allowing exhibitors to choose their own electrical service provider.

The original round of reforms came after several big trade shows threatened to leave Chicago for rival convention host cities.  Events at McCormick Place support 66,000 jobs and generate $8 billion of associated spending a year, according to officials at the Friday morning news conference.

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