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EXHIBITORLIVE Conference Session to Bust Myths About Show Floor Union Labor

12/16/2016 - Trade show managers are often confused about the roles unions play in show floor labor. Terminology is often misunderstood, and to make matters worse, the rules can differ from city to city - and even from venue to venue within the same city.

To help dispel the myths and cut through the confusion, three veteran trade show industry professionals will join forces to present an educational session on Monday, March 13th at EXHIBITORLIVE, the 29th Annual Conference for Trade Show and Corporate Event Professionals, to be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

 "Our session will provide insight from three different perspectives: EAC, exhibitor, and union rep," said Amanda Helgemoe, founder of Nuvista Event Management Services and Events committee chair for the EDPA Foundation. "The information in this session will put attendees in a position to better manage their budget, and in most cases will help them lower their costs."

 "The union wage increases are NOT the reason rates have increased 5-10 times the rate of inflation," said Kenneth Viscovich, who currently serves as the National Representative for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, who will partner with Helgemoe and Glenda Brungardt, CTSM, to lead this session. "With planning and knowledge, our session participants will be empowered and can use this knowledge to better manage their budgets and union engagements."

Their session, titled "Show Floor Labor: Busting the Myths About Unions," will detail:

  • How unions work within the contractor organizations
  • How unions bill for their labor
  • How union jurisdictions and hours vary city to city
  • How union labor is integrated in the show floor work force
  • When to consider using an exhibitor-appointed contractor vs. the general or official contractor
  • How various unions share jurisdictions
  • What some of the consistent issues are in working with unions

"This session enables us to advocate for change in order to enhance the industry as a whole," continued Brungardt, who is on the team responsible for tradeshows/events for HP. She has been in tradeshows/events for the past 26+ years, is a also member of the EXHIBITOR Conference Advisory Board. "Attendees will be able to apply their new knowledge immediately."

EXHIBITORLIVE is the most comprehensive educational event for trade show and event marketing professionals, featuring 169 sessions covering every aspect of face-to-face marketing. The conference, held March 12-16, 2017, is attended by 6,000 exhibit and event managers, and marketing and communications experts who are serious about improving their face-to-face marketing performance.

In addition to the educational and networking events, EXHIBITORLIVE features North America's largest exhibition of trade show and event products and services, including nearly 300 exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall. EXHIBITORLIVE also offers the industry's only university-affiliated professional certification program. Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM) candidates receive extensive training in trade show marketing, in conjunction with Northern Illinois University Outreach. For more information go to

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