New Orleans Trade Show Union Rules



Booth Labor, Freight and Rigging

Louisiana is a right to work state. Full time employees of the exhibiting company may set their own exhibits without using local union labor. Depending on the association that is doing the show, full time employees may hand carry their materials into the convention center, but may not use any type of assistance such as dollies or mechanical equipment. The loading and unloading docks will be controlled by the general contractor and union labor will be used for this.

All rigging, and assembling of signs must be done by the general contractor. Exhibitors or their EACs may supervise only. Only employees of the general contractor are allowed to be on lifts.

Electrical

The Convention Center is responsible for the installation of all electrical distributions from the power source to the exhibit. Distribution is defined as all cable, connectors and hardware up to the first connection that follows the last branch circuit protection device. Any branch circuit connection which is terminated in a non-Nema rated connector (i.e., bare wire, disconnect) must be made by a Convention Center electrician. All A/V work must be done by an electrician. Often times, the EAC can take care of running and laying the electrical but cannot plug it in to the ground.

Hours

Straight time in New Orleans is from 8:00am-5:00pm M-F except holidays, with lunch from 12:00-1:00pm. Breaks are from 10:00-10:15 am and 2:30-2:45pm. Overtime begins after 5:00pm M-F and all day Saturday. Double time is on Sundays and holidays.

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