Library of Congress National Book Festival

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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.

Carpenter Union

The installation and dismantling of prefabricated displays comes under the jurisdiction of the Carpenter's Union. This includes signs and laying of carpet.

Teamsters Union

Members of this union claim jurisdiction on the operation of all material handling equipment, all unloading and reloading, and handling of empty containers. An exhibitor may move materials that can be carried by hand, by one person in one trip, without the use of dollies, hand trucks, or other mechanical equipment.
The Official Service Contractor shall be responsible for all matters in the Dock area. This shall include but not limited to such items as assignment of dock space and loading or unloading of all materials and equipment.

Trade and Public Shows

Two (2) full-time exhibitor employees may work without Carpenter labor for one (1) hour on the move in and one (1) hour on the move out, for booths that are larger than 10'x10'. Exhibitors may work in booths 10'x10' or smaller without the use of Union labor.
The use of power tools is not permitted. As an exhibitor, you will be pleased to know that there are no restrictions or requirements to use union labor for the unpacking and placement of your merchandise or product and equipment tuning or calibrating, provided exhibitors use full-time permanent employees.


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.