Dallas Trade Show Union Rules

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

Booth Labor, Freight and Rigging

Freight handling is done by Teamsters. Exhibit Installation, carpet laying, and decorator functions are performed by Painters and Allied Trades Union. Painters and Allied Trades Union workers may be hired by the exhibitor through either the general contractor, or through an independent contractor (EAC) such as Absolute I&D.

Rigging is handled by the Ironworkers Union and includes the unloading of heavy machinery and the hanging and assembly of signs. Plumbing is handled by plumbers.

The exhibitor in Dallas may use tools to set up and dismantle their own display. They may also hand carry in small items, but may not use a hand cart or a dolly.


Electrical services are handled in house at the Dallas Convention Center. Exhibitors may provide their own electrical cords, which must be 12 gauge, flat cords. The electrical power comes mainly from the floor in Dallas. Only electricians can lay the cords and plug in equipment. However, your installation and dismantle labor contractor may hang light boxes and other small items. Exhibitors may work on their own equipment, but again, only electricians may plug them in.


Straight time in Dallas is from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, M-F, except holidays. Lunch is form 12:00 pm –12:30 pm. Breaks are from 10:00 am – 10:15 am, and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm.


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