NFDA International Convention & Expo

Salt Palace Convention Center

Monday, October 15 - Wednesday, October 17

The deadline to order for this Show has already expired

Show Site Work Rules

Union Information

To assist you in planning your participation in your show, we are certain you will appreciate knowing in advance that union labor will be required for certain aspects of your exhibit handling.

Exhibit Labor Jurisdiction

Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) utilizes the stagehand union for exhibit installation and dismantling and for materials handled. The union allows permanent full-time employees of exhibiting companies to work on installation and dismantling of their own exhibits. All these employees must have badges from Show Management. If additional persons are required, union personnel must be acquired through the official contractor. Non-union temporary personnel acquired from local temporary agencies will not be allowed to perform any type of work that is covered under the stagehand union contract.

Freight Handling Jurisdiction

Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) has the responsibility of receiving and handling all exhibit materials and empty crates. It is their responsibility to manage docks and schedule vehicles for the smooth and efficient move in and move out of the exhibition. Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) will not be responsible, however, for any materials they do not handle.


Members of this union claim jurisdiction over work involved with the following:

  • Assembly and disassembly of the "hard goods" portion of exhibits*
  • Installation and dismantle of "soft goods" such as pipe & drapes, bunting and skirting
  • Hanging of overhead foamcore and showcard signs and vinyl banners
  • Unloading and reloading of all exhibitor freight consigned to GES*
  • All rigging work
  • Perform work related to stage productions including sound and lighting
*Please Note: Exhibitors may not borrow GES hand trucks, dollies, flat trucks, pallet jacks or other freight handling equipment Exhibitors may not bring their own freight handling equipment to unload or load exhibit materials. Cartload Service is available. Pre-order in advance and receive preferential service. This service is also available to order at show site through the GES Servicenter.
Other Electricians, Plumbers and Telephone installers also perform their necessary functions and are employed by the facility.

In General

Exhibitors are allowed to do the technical work on their machines such as fine line balancing, programming and cleaning.
Union members at all levels must be instructed to refrain from expressing any grievances or directly challenging the practices of any exhibitor. All questions originated by labor are to be expressed only to Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) and / or the Exhibit Manager. Exhibitors are asked to refrain from voicing labor complaints directly to union personnel. Any questions regarding contract labor should be directed to the Exhibit Manager or Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES).
The person in charge of your exhibit should carefully inspect and sign all work order forms. If there are any questions about billing, bring the questions to the Exhibit Services Contractor and discuss it with the person in charge of your exhibit.


Our work rules prohibit the SOLICITATION OR ACCEPTANCE of tips in cash, product or gifts in kind by any employee (union or non-union). Our employees are paid appropriate wages denoting professional status, therefore tipping of any kind is not allowed.

Work Zone

Customer acknowledges that the show site and surrounding areas are active work zones. Customer, its agents, employees and representatives are present at their own risk.

Always Honest Hotline

GES requires the highest standards of integrity from all employees. Please call our confidential Always Honest hotline at 800-443-4113 to report fraudulent or unethical behavior.