When planning for your next corporate event or trade show, you will need to do a little bit of research on the union laws for that particular state. Each state differs. For example:
In Boston, an exhibitor (you) can set-up your displays as long as you use your own full time employees. However, if you want to set-up in Los Angeles, you can only do so if the set-up can be done without tools and be completed in under thirty minutes. While in D.C. you can install your display but only if it is 100 square feet or less and requires NO power tools.
Wow - that is a significant difference between cities for exhibitor installation and dismantle (I&D). Plus, there are a host of union rules per city for additional types of work regarding supervision, material handling, tools, electrical and more.
Planning a corporate event can be stressful enough. You don't need the added concern over what the union regulations are for destination location. Failing to understand the union rules prior to the event can have an unexpected increase in your event costs.
Also, be aware that
ignorance is not bliss.
Stating that you didn't know won't help and union workers require a minimum number of charged hours for their services, also depending on the city.
Most venues provide an exhibitor kit which will outline the specific requirements and restrictions for their location. It is important that you review - early on - the details so that you can adequately prepare.
Partnering with an exhibit expert, like the team from E&E Exhibit Solutions, ensures that you won't have any last minute errors that could cause tension on the event floor. We have over 20 years of experience working with the major venues across the country and have developed relationships with local professionals. We can help you avoid any unnecessary stress.
At the same time you start designing corporate events, you will want to review and prepare for the local union regulations. Let us help you navigate the process.