More union concessions will help bring more trade shows to Illinois, the governor says. Gov. Pat Quinn announced concessions Tuesday between union electrical workers and stage workers. He says they are already bringing three additional trade shows to McCormick Place: The American Incentive and Business Travel Market, the Book Expo America and the C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo will bring in $92 million in expenditures.
“Today’s agreement means more shows in Illinois and more jobs for the hundreds of thousands employed in out hospitality and tourism sectors,” Quinn said.
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The labor agreement allows International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees members to install, operate and remove the audio-visual, sound and lighting equipment in certain areas used for presentation and performances and to plug in the equipment to permanent outlets or temporary electrical service. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members traditionally did the work. Labor leaders from both unions say after concessions were agreed to last year between the Teamsters and the carpenters, business at McCormick Place started to grow. That growth made them realize that an agreement on additional concessions would equate to additional work for all workers.