Follow-up: McCormick Place Reform Bill Becomes Law

Everything in life is a work in progress, including the reformation of labor practices at expo centers.

Legislation overhauling work rules at McCormick Place is sweeping, but don’t expect implementation all at once. An FAQ about the reforms from the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau puts it diplomatically:

“The next 18 months will be a period of great growth, with each day building upon the next and customers seeing more positive changes as time progresses. There is no one-day fix to the convention industry’s problems, but changes will be evident from the first day forward.”

Apropos the comment to our last post from VM: what the bureau seems to be saying is that exhibitors at Graph Expo 2010 will find conditions changed somewhat for the better, but not wholly transformed. And does anyone expect cheerful compliance from union members who will lose overtime pay—and face—because of the new work

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