State of Illinois legislative changes have modified work rule jurisdictions and wage scale schedules in the Chicagoland area. There are seven major unions that have some jurisdiction in the Chicagoland area. The following guidelines will help you in preparing your exhibit to understand these jurisdictions.
Chicagoland work-rules modifications now enable exhibitors to perform several set-up tasks which in the past were under union jurisdiction. Each of these are itemized below, and must be completed by full-time employees of the exhibiting company.
Carpenters handle the erection and dismantling of display and exhibit booths. This includes all display work with the exception of machinery, signs or lighted headers, unless the sign or header is a permanently attached part of the display. Carpenters also recrate machines for outbound loading. Millwrights, a division of the carpenters union, handle the assembly and the levelling of machinery, as well as the attachment of all guards and shields.
Decorators handle the installation of signs, drape background, table skirting, and all other items of decorative nature that must be done after a display background is erected
Electricians handle all electrical work, which includes supplying power lines to your booth, connecting equipment to the proper outlets,installing any signs or headers that are lighted, unless they are permanently attached to the exhibit backwall, and the running of cable within
the exhibitors booth.
Riggers handle all machinery. This includes the unloading of the machines from the trucks, moving the materials to your booth, and a onetime spotting of display ready equipment, which the exhibitor must supervise at the time of unloading. Riggers also remove skids and reskid
machines, uncrate machines, and respot machines in the booth if needed. This service must be ordered as needed, at exhibitor’s expense.
Plumbers handle all plumbing work such as compressed air, water/drain, or natural gas.
Teamsters handle all freight inside the exhibit hall. They unload all trucks or vehicles, deliver the materials to your booth, and remove and reload materials at the close of the show.
Stagehands assemble portable lighting and sound systems as well as picture screens 10’ x 14’ in size and larger. They also set stages, operate lighting and sound consoles, and hang lighting trusts and speaker systems.