Labor Reform Ensures Housewares Show Savings
ROSEMONT, Ill.-Landmark labor reform legislation at McCormick Place will help exhibitors in the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show save up to 23 percent on electrical labor rates and service costs as well as reduce other overall costs, the International Housewares Association announced.
The new labor changes include expanded exhibitor rights, a more flexible work schedule, reduced electrical labor rates and services and reduced costs on food and beverage.
"This landmark legislation was passed by the Illinois General Assembly and it changes the way business is done at McCormick Place for the benefit of our exhibitors and attendees," said Mia Rampersad, IHA's vice president, trade show. "We want to make sure that exhibitors benefit from these costs savings and encourage them to review all final invoices and compare labor and service rates for all services ordered to ensure they receive the significant savings, especially those who use third-party vendors to set up and dismantle their booths."
Under the new legislation, exhibitors may now set up their booth of any size using ladders, hand tools and power tools designated as safe by McCormick Place; labor rates for electricians, plumbers and telecommunication installers are being reduced up to 23 percent from the 2010 Show; several food and beverage items will be reduced between seven and 24 percent; exhibitors can now bring in their own food and beverage to McCormick Place, however it must be for exhibitors' personal consumption; exhibitors will no longer pay an extra delivery charge for food and beverage orders less than $250; and exhibitors can unload and load small privately-owned vehicles at the exhibit dock doors without hiring union labor.