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PCC signs labour agreement extension
More rights for exhibitors
The Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) in Philadelphia, facility leaders and their show floor trade partners have signed a labour agreement extension. This extension builds on the competitive work rules and expanded exhibitor rights initially established in an agreement approved in May 2014. These expanded exhibitor rights took effect on August 1, 2019. The extended labour agreement, known as the Customer Satisfaction Agreement (CSA), will empower exhibitors to erect and tear down their own exhibit booths regardless of booth size. This represents a significant change from the current practice, which limited that work by exhibitors to booths that were 600 square feet or smaller in size. The agreement also continues the PCC distinctive practice of only assessing overtime charges for trade labour after eight hours of work on weekdays, regardless of start time. The extension of the Customer Satisfaction Agreement was signed by four show floor labour unions. "As a result of the Pennsylvania Convention Center's strong partnership with trade labour, our facility will have the most progressive exhibitor rights of any major urban convention centre in the north east," said Gregory J. Fox, chair of the centre's board of directors. Another key element of the centre's transformation in recent years was the decision to contract with SMG to oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the facility. "The operational changes put in place by SMG over the past five years, combined with the cooperative partnership between the centre's management and labour, have been very well-received by meeting planners and the larger meetings industry," said John McNichol, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.