Houston Trade Show Union Rules

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

Booth Labor, Freight and Rigging

Carpenter Local 551 is the union claiming jurisdiction for display erection and dismantling in Houston. Employees of exhibiting companies, however, may set their own exhibits without the assistance of the union. Any labor services required beyond that which your REGULAR FULL-TIME employees can handle must be rendered by Carpenters Local 551 (as hired by the general contractor or an independent contractor, such Absolute I&D.

The George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, has contracted with 21st Century Expo Group to be the exclusive provider of all DOCK area services.

This includes:

  • Materials/product/equipment handling to and from the dock are and the exhibit space.
  • Operation of all forklifts, cranes, forklifts, dollies, hand trucks, carts, and other equipment for moving, positioning, uncrating, recrating, skidding, unskidding, etc. of product, displays or equipment.

Exhibitors may hand carry items in that can be handled by one person in one trip without dollies or hand trucks.


In Houston, the electrical work is handled exclusively by electricians. Exhibitors may not handle anything electrical. Electricians will make all electrical connections. Exhibitors may supply their own quad boxes, but all other electrical equipment including extension cords (which must be flat) are supplied by the electricians only.


In Houston, straight time rates are from Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm. Overtime rates are incurred outside of those hours on Monday through Friday as well as all day on Saturday. Double time rates are charged on Sundays and holidays. Lunch is from 12:00 – 12:30 pm.


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