New Riggers' Contract

Chicago's Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which runs McCormick Place, signed a five-year contract with the Riggers Union Local 136 and trade show contractors G.E.S. and Freeman Cos. It is designed to reduce labor costs and provide greater flexibility for exhibitors.

The contract allows multiple start times for crews, which could result in reduced overtime charges. As of June 1, there will be three start times for crews Monday through Friday, with the first eight hours at s

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