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McCormick Place Exhibitor Rights Reforms In Jeopardy Following Court Action

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois this week failed to stay a ruling that would have permitted new exhibitor rights and work rules to continue at McCormick Place.  In 2010 Illinois enacted a law that reformed labor rules and the law was challenged in April 2011 by the Carpenters and Teamsters Unions.

In response to the district court’s denial McCormick Place officials have asked the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to stay the district court’s decision so that these reforms may continue.  If the court of appeals does not grant a stay these reforms, which reduce costs imposed on McCormick Place exhibitors, will return to previous levels immediately.

The historic legislation reformed labor rules, established exhibitor rights, and realigned McCormick Place operations with major competitors in the convention and trade show industry.

The lawsuit challenging the statute does not affect all parts of the legislation, but it affects the following initiatives:

Exhibitors at the 2011 Spring AMI Expo benefitted from the lower costs the statute allowed, which are now in jeopardy.  “Members of AMI’s Supplier Community are encouraged to write to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to convey the importance of these reforms,” said AMI Vice President of Convention Services Anne Halal


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