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ESCA, TSE Launch New Guide to Help Demystify Union Jurisdictions and Work Rules


Oceanside, CA –  Deciphering the labor rules of the various unions that serve the trade show industry from one city to another can be challenging. What may be possible in one convention center may be out of the question in another. To help show organizers stay on top of long-held rules as well as changes and updates, the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA) is teaming up with Trade Show Executive (TSE) to launch a new resource that will provide the answers.  The 2014 Labor Guide, a definitive city-by-city guide to the various unions serving the trade show industry, along with their work rules and regulations, will debut in the 2014 edition of Trade Show Executive’s World’s Top Convention Centers (WTCC), published this June.

From decorators to stagehands and electricians to teamsters, the guide will detail who does what in a city-by-city listing. The initial launch will feature the 50 leading trade show cities, with a goal of at least doubling that in 2015.  In addition, ESCA member companies will be listed for each geographic location.

“Knowing the rules is critical for event organizers, exhibitors, service contractors and unions who all want move-in and move-out to run smoothly and the event to be remembered as a cost-effective medium for conducting business,” said Larry Arnaudet, executive director of ESCA. “We are pleased that TSE will publish this information for event organizers to share with their exhibitors to clear up any confusion and help create a smoother experience for all.”

Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group said, “A widely used reference like the WTCC will be an even greater resource for show managers to get everyone literally on the same page long before the exhibit floor is taped off and exhibitor crates arrive at the loading dock. We are grateful for ESCA’s role in compiling this detailed information for TSE subscribers.”

The 2014 WTCC will again include a comprehensive listing of more than 200 U.S. convention centers as well as venues in Canada and Mexico. They are ranked according to size from McCormick Place with its 2.6 million square feet of prime exhibit space down to regional centers with 50,000 square feet of prime space.

Beside the geographical listings, the WTCC also provides indexes of convention centers in alpha order and by size, with a special section with the floorplans of featured convention centers. The directory also has contact information for the leading convention centers around the world.

Reach Darlene Gudea at (760) 630-9111 or; Larry Arnaudet at (972) 447-8211 or

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