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.
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.
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
*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.
- Assembly and disassembly of the "hard goods" portion of exhibits*
- Installation and dismantle of "soft goods" such as pipe & drapes, bunting
- 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
Other Electricians, Plumbers and Telephone installers also perform
their necessary functions and are employed by the facility.
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.
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.
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.
GES requires the highest standards of integrity from all employees.
Please call our confidential Always Honest hotline at 866.225.8230 to
report fraudulent or unethical behavior.