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Tradeshow & Sign Crafts Local Union 831 Local Union 831 Local Union 831 Tradeshow and Sign Crafts 3360 Flair Drive, Suite 101 El Monte, CA 91731 Telephone: (626) 288-6115 Pete Zovanyi - Business Representative Paul Vauchelet - Business Representative Scott Cureton - Field Service Representative David Henderson - Field Service Representative Show Stewards: Greg Clark, Liberty Harp, Anthony Lee, Ferris Millard, David Neiman, Len Nunnally, Joseph Palmieri, Mitch Pelligrin, Dave Smith, Steve Schwartz Local Union 831, Apprentriceship & Training Center GARDEN GROVE TRAINING CENTER Multi-Craft Training Center 11366 Markon Drive Garden Grove, CA 92841 Tel: (714) 894-4094 Contract Meeting: TO: ALL LU 831 Tradeshow Installers Re: Tradeshow Installers Agreement From: Bob Lessin, Assistant Business Manager District Council 36 (Local 831, IUPAT) PAINTERS & ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL #36 TRADESHOW & SIGN CRAFTS LOCAL 831 Tuesday March 31, 2009 - IAM Machinist Local 5150 Kearny Mesa Road San Diego, CA 92111 March 31, 2009 Wednesday - April 1, 2009 - UFCW Local 324 Hall, Upstairs 8530 Stanton Ave. Buena Park, CA 90622 6:00pm Meets 4th Thursday, Every other month: 6:00 p.m., 8530 Stanton Ave, Buena Park, CA Painters & Allied Trades January - March 2008 Trade Journal See what it takes to be an IUPAT Tradeshow Worker
Journal Page 24 - FTI Current News (IUPAT) International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO, CLC International Brotherhood of Painters & Allied Trades Union Local 831 Trade show and Convention Decorators from Southern California Thanks to the IUPAT, the Show Always Goes On The late 1940's and early 1950's marked the beginning of a new industry in North America: The Trade Show. A venue where buyers and sellers gather to showcase the latest products and services in their business. In those years, the trade shows were smaller functions held in the ballrooms of hotels. However, that changed when city leaders realized the potential for a larger amount of revenue from show visitors and vendors alike if they increased their capacity. That realization was the dawn of convention centers. Today, over 600 convention centers dot the American landscape and each of them have the capacity to generate millions of dollars for their home cities. This is especially true if the city already happens to be a draw for tourism. For example, a show at the Los Angeles Convention Center can spur over $80 million dollars of spending in the local economy - hotels, wages, restaurants, cab rides and so on. When you consider that there are over 13,000 shows a year in North America, it's no wonder that the trade show business overall generates billions of dollars in direct and indirect spending. According to the magazine Tradeshow Week, the top 200 shows alone in 2006 drew an astounding 4.7 million attendees. In fact, the trade show industry is so large that it has - you guessed it - its own annual trade show. To say the least. it's an impressive business and, as anyone who has visited the larger shows would agree, that's true in more ways than one. Car shows for example boast displays that often cost millions of dollars apiece. To put that in perspective, the median price for a single family home in the United States is $206,500. Clearly, if you have a booth or display at a trade show it's all about being noticed in a sea of other exhibitors. There's a lot of money and time at stake so it's crucial you stand out. That's where the talents of the men and women of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades comes in. The IUPAT has over 2,300 members who work in the trade show industry in Southern California alone and they are a group that goes through some of the most rigorous and detailed training in our union. "It's a four year apprenticeship that encompasses all aspects of the trade show industry," said Ian Wright, training coordinator Training office for District Council 36/Local Union 831. "Trade show basics, extruded metals, portable exhibits, graphics, power tools, custom exhibit installation and dismantle, ground rigging application and the list goes on and on." Training: (714) 894-4094 One could say that the trade show workers have to be skilled in nearly all the trades the IUPAT represents as they are responsible for building some of the most complicated structures ever designed for an inside space. "Our people are hanging everything from lights and signs to plasma screens and automobiles," said Wright. "So obviously that means, from a safety standpoint, that we've got to be well-trained and qualified to do what we're doing." What does it take to be a trade show worker? Wright explained that before someone is even considered to be admitted into the apprenticeship program, he or she has to be tested - mentally and physically. "We are erecting standalone structures that require a firm grasp on all the basics of construction," Wright explained. Aside from being tested on the tools they would be using every day, potential apprentices first take a ninth grade level math test. That means geometry, algebra and even physics. A grasp of math and physics makes sense when you consider that this person may one day be responsible for hanging a truck from a convention hall ceiling without it coming back down unexpectedly. However, one might wonder, why the physical test? It's not a typical construction site, it's usually indoors, how physically challenging can it be? According to Wright, it can be very hard on the body. "It isn't Broadway, but it is show business," explained Cliff Germano, training director for the Florida Finishing Trades Institute in District Council 78. "And the show must always go on, and on time." District Council 78 represents over 400 trade show workers. "The schedule of a trade show worker is extremely demanding," said Wright. "There are no delays in the trade show circuit. Too many people are coming from all over the United States, even the world, and that event will open on the day it's scheduled to start - period. That means you have to get the project done on time, no excuses. I tell my new apprentices who have a job coming up to take a fresh set of clothes with them. The days will be long and it's all work." Wright recalled. how, on a recent job, his people worked 104 hours in one week. Those are long days when you consider that there are 168 hours total in one week. "We must complete a project in a time frame that is not realistic in most other industries," said Martin Cymbal, vice president and general manager for the Western Region operations of Freeman. His company is a trade show industry leader and has been in business since 1927 when they started doing exhibits for county and state fairs. Today they have offices in 41 cities in the United States and Canada. "We do not miss a deadline. Our workers must be able to adapt to logistics that change within a moment's notice and ready to work in all environments." Trade shows are held year-round and workers may arrive at a show thinking that they will be unloading or loading a truck under cover or inside and instead be forced to do their work in rain, snow or heat. And it's not just long hours and challenging working conditions; it can also be long distances. Anyone who has been to a convention center knows just how big they can be. Wright said that some of the workers wear a pedometer on the job and report that they often walk 12 to 15 miles a day. That's why Wright and his staff implemented a state-of-the-art test in 2007 to measure any physical limitations a candidate for apprenticeship in the trade show craft might have. "It's called isokinetic testing and it is incredibly accurate in measuring the joint, shoulder and back strength of an individual taking the test," said Wright. "We don't want someone getting hurt on the job and this test goes a long way toward telling us if an individual physically has what it takes to work on the trade show circuit." The IUPAT is the only apprenticeship program in the country utilizing this test. Wright is confident that, given some time, the data will show that IUPAT workers will have suffered fewer injuries on the job because of it. "Our people have to be crafts men and women who can think on their feet," added Germano. "If something comes in damaged, they have to be able to make it work, make it pretty and make it safe. There's no other choice." Despite the rigors of the job, Wright was quick to point out that the opportunities are incredible for someone looking for a good career. "Trade shows, for the most part, are recession proof," Wright said. "There will always be a need for companies and customers to come together and meet face-to-face. That means there will always be a need for men and women of our skill and talent to build an impressive exhibit." In fact, a number of our members have traveled around the world because of their skills. "There are some complex exhibits to build these days and when a company finds someone who can be counted on to get the job done the way they want it done, they'll often take that person on the road with them around the country and even the world," Wright said. "These companies have a lot invested in these exhibits and it's worth it to them to bring someone along to make certain things are done right." The same is true for exhibitors visiting Southern California and that's why Wright makes it a requirement for apprentices to train in customer service. "If exhibitors come here and they don't like how they were treated or they're unhappy at how the booths and displays came together, then they may not make this trip again," explained Wright. "That doesn't just affect us, but it affects everybody who supports a show like this in the city. They deal with us face-to-face and we owe it to our employees and everyone else who relies upon this business in the city to treat our customers right." Cymbal explained that the ideal trade show worker has a skill-set consisting of three components - thorough skills training, safety training and an understanding of the importance of customer service. "That is extremely important. When a customer is using our labor, they want to know they're getting value for their money. If they don't get that satisfaction, they move on to someone else who can give it to them." How serious is Wright about customer service in his training program? One rule he has for his apprentices is that when they are on the job and a customer passes by within ten feet, that apprentices must give the customer at least a nod and a smile. If the customer is within five feet, the apprentice must also wish them a good morning or afternoon. "I tell our apprentices that this is more than just a job in a trade," said Wright. "I explain to them that they are also ambassadors to our city." The trade show workers of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades represents some of the most talented and skilled workers in the labor movement. Because of their hard work, the show will always go on. (EACA) Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association (NEWSLETTER) "The Southern California Decorators Local Union 831 tradeshow installers training program has set an industry standard second to none. With their continual programs in power tool safety, scaffolding/ladders, fall protection, first aid, forklift, electrical, genie lift use and many more, they have improved the quality of our Southern California Labor force tremendously." Mike Kadow, President So. Calif. Chapter of EACA (Renaissance Management). Founded in 1989, Renaissance Management Inc. A labor management Company, has grown into an industry leader in labor management services for trade shows, conventions and private events across North America. 2001 - Sonny Ciferni was named to the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance Management Inc., formerly Vice President of Renaissance, Sonny Ciferni has spent 21 years in the I&D industry and is a Founding Partner of the company. 2003 - Steve Johnson is President of Renaissance Management Inc. Steven Johnson, President, Renaissance Management Inc., Stone Mountain, Ga. (EAC) I&D Exhibitor-Appointed Contractor The EAC independent contractor makes their living from offering customized service and building good business relationships. Renaissance Management Inc. (Headquarters) 2300 West Park Place Blvd. Suite 146 Stone Mountain, GA 30087 Nth Degree The Beginnning of I & D (Install and Dismantle Services) Later named Nth Degree Tony Amodeo, Pat Alaqua and Jack McEntee Founded I&D, Inc. in 1979, Leading providers of Labor Services. This Company was later named (Nth Degree). April 2001 - Lake Capital purchases Nth Degree Lake Capital, a Chicago- and London-based private investment firm that specializes in building high-quality, service-based companies into premier global enterprises, today announced the acquisition of Nth Degree, Inc., one of the nation's leading face-to-face marketing companies. Lake Capital has commited $150 million in equity in an initiative to acquire Nth Degree and aggressively expand the company's strategic and international capabilities. Nth Degree has twenty-three domestic offices, including all major convention cities, two offices in Germany, a presence in Brazil, and strategic partnerships in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Asia. Nth Degree co-founder Jack McEntee has joined the board of directors of (2001) Nth Degree Global, LLC, while the company's president, Samuel Lacey, and Nth Degree's existing executive team will continue to manage the operations of Nth Degree. McEntee and co-founder Pat Alacqua have both invested in the new initiative. John Yohe, President and Chief Financial Officer at Nth Degree, a global event management company based in Stone Mountain, GA. with offices in 20 of the biggest convention cities in North America and 3 in Europe. Scott Bennett is Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Nth Degree Nth Degree Tradeshow Links Nth Degree, Inc. (Headquarters) 1492 Kelton Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Eagle Management Group Eagle Management - Labor Management Eagle Management Group, Inc. was founded in 1987 as an exhibitor appointed contractor, dedicated to providing clients with superior labor management resources. Eagle Management Group, Inc. began as a Northeast regional contractor, and through strategic planning has expanded it's operations to include 35 base cities of operation throughout the United States. Additionally through our international service partner network, we have become a premier global labor contractor. Since it's inception, Eagle Management Group, Inc. has focused on providing skilled labor and labor resource management for trade show installations and dismantles, corporate events, road tours, permananent and museum installations. Our Mission: Eagle Management Group, Inc. is a Client-defined company committed to:"Provide the best quality people, service and performance." Eagle Management Group Steve Matranga (President) Joe Matranga (CEO - Owner) Eagle Management Group (Headquarters) 650 Grove Road, Suite 105 Paulsboro, NJ 08066 Freeman Decorating Services Freeman Decorating Donald Shaw "Buck" Freeman Significant Accomplishments: • Instrumental in founding EDPA and ESCA. • Charter Inductee of the Convention Liaison Council Hall of Leaders • Credited with the “systemization” of exhibit servicing and the development of one of our industry’s first nationwide trade show servicing companies. Career History: 1927 Forms Freeman Decorating Company in Des Moines, Iowa 1950 Opens second office in Dallas, TX 1961 Purchases Sullivan Transfer 1967 Forms Freeman Design Display company 1975 AVW Audio Visual becomes part of Freeman Companies 1977 Donald Freeman Passes away, leaving behind company with 6 branch offices, 200 employees and $23 million in sales. 1997 Freeman Air, a trade show air freight company, joins the family - and later expands in 1999 to become a full-service global exhibit transportation service. 2000 Stage Rigging Inc. becomes part of the Freeman family, offering theatrical, exhibit and event rigging. 2002 Freeman celebrates 75 years in business. 2006 With offices in 27 cities across North America, Freeman leads by producing world-class events - and by reinventing the industry it helped to create. Freeman Decorating Services (Headquarters) Donald S. Freeman Jr. [Chairman & CEO] 8801 Ambassador Row Dallas, TX (GES) Greyhound Exposition Services - A History Of Excellence GES The Beginning (Founded in 1939) Original Name: Manncraft The history of GES includes many founding fathers of the exhibition and events industry. The company dates back to 1939, when Chuck and Leon Manne founded Manncraft in Kansas City specializing in signs, window trimmings and small displays. During World War II, Ben Rittmaster joined Manncraft as a partner, later becoming its first president. During the 50s and 60s, Manncraft added booth stock as part of its new Exhibitor Service Division and expanded by opening offices in Omaha, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta and New Orleans. In 1969, The Greyhound Corporation purchased Manncraft and growth through acquisitions began. In the early 70s, offices were opened in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and San Diego through acquisition and organic growth. In 1973, Greyhound acquired Las Vegas Convention Services Company, and the stronghold in Las Vegas began. In 1979, Manncraft changed its name to Greyhound Exposition Services and GES was born. By 1981, Nort Rittmaster, Ben’s son, was named president and CEO of GES. Dramatic Growth in the 90s GES expanded into the Pacific Northwest in 1991 through acquisitions in Seattle and Portland. By the end of 1992, GES was headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in most major west coast cities. At this point the company had 500 full-time employees. Recognizing the projected growth of the exhibition industry, GES decided to establish nationwide service. In May 1993, GES made the largest acquisition in its history, by purchasing United Exposition Service Company whose city operations included virtually every major convention market east of the Mississippi. With the United Expo acquisition, Greyhound Exposition Services changed its name to GES Exposition Services to reflect "The New GES." In August 1993, Nort Rittmaster was promoted to chairman and chief executive officer for GES. In October 1993, GES acquired Andrews, Bartlett & Associates a major regional contractor based in Hudson, Ohio and in November of the same year acquired Gelco Convention Services, based in Miami, enhancing the Orlando operation. During early 1995, GES expanded into Canada through the acquisition of Panex Show Services and Stampede Display and Convention Services, gaining offices in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. By June of that year, Concept Convention Service had joined the GES family, with offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Albuquerque. GES acquired ESR Exposition Services in May 1998, one of New York City's leading exhibition and event contractors. That same year in June, GES also acquired Puliz of Utah, Inc., a noted exhibition and corporate events company with locations in Reno and Salt Lake City. In October 1998, Panex, Canada's largest exhibition and event-marketing company changed its name to GES CANADA Exposition Services Limited. New Century Brings New Leadership and Further Growth January 2000 brought the appointment of Paul Dykstra as president and chief executive officer of GES. Dykstra joined GES after 15 years with sister company, Travelers Express where he was executive vice president of Retail Payment Products. At the end of 2002, GES opened a new flagship operation in Las Vegas. Located on 54 acres of land, the facility provides state of the art production capabilities for its highly skilled employees. In 2003, GES’ National ServicenterSM relocated to a 10,600 square foot cutting-edge facility located within GES’ Las Vegas flagship operations. The move allowed GES to provide even greater levels of service to its exhibitors nationwide and operates during all North American business hours. GES acquired Pro Show Services, a leading convention services contracto based in Edmonton, Alberta in May 2004. The purchase allowed GES CANADA to complement its service offerings in Western Canada. On January 1, 2006, Dykstra left GES to head its parent-company Viad, and Kevin Rabbitt was appointed president and chief executive officer. In February 2007, GES acquired Melville Exhibition and Event Services, the largest exhibition contractor in the United Kingdom, and exhibition registration and database services company CTS, forming the GES Worldwide Network. Melville is based on site at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre – The NEC, ExCeL in London, GMEX in Manchester, and near the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. Annually, Melville serves 30,000 exhibitors and provides shell scheme (similar to a show organizer package) for 300 events. In June 2007, GES CANADA acquired Poitras Exposition Services, the largest exhibition services company in Quebec City. The acquisition strengthens GES CANADA’s leading market position throughout Canada. In November 2007, GES further solidified its commitment to providing industry-leading, value-added exhibition and event consultation with the acquisition of the ethnoMETRICS business, a leading consulting company focused on bringing retail store behavioral research to the exhibition floor. Today, GES Exposition Services serves more than 3,000 events annually to meet the growing needs of the industry. GES Exposition Services (Headquarters) Paul B. Dykstra (Chief Operating Officer - Viad Corp) Kevin M. Rabbitt (Chief Executive Officer of GES Exposition Services, Inc.) 950 Grier Drive Las Vegas, NV 89119 District Council #36 Local 831, Tradeshow and Sign Crafts Union 3360 Flair Drive, Suite 101 El Monte, CA 91731 IUPAT
IUPAT HISTORY OUR HISTORY Our union, like many modern labor unions, was founded in the 19th century to set standards for uniform compensation in the trades and provide a community for workers to share ideas and solve problems. The Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America was organized formally in 1887. Within a year, the union boasted a membership of over 7,000 tradesmen and more than 100 local unions. These trade unionists soon realized the power that they had together, rather than staying separate and facing their problems alone. Backed by a growing centralized union, these dedicated organizers won victories over oppressive working conditions that were once thought unchangeable when the union won a half-holiday on Saturday for most of its members. By 1918, the Painters' union successfully established the eight-hour day and a five-day workweek. The world plunged into the Great Depression in 1929. Membership in the union fell from 115,000 to approximately 60,000. The American public called for a change in government by electing Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932. FDR’s New Deal legislation included a number of important laws recognizing workers’ rights and importance of unions. The contributions of IUPAT members in World War II are a particular highlight in our history. Many of the 145,000 union members worked on government projects during the war and their productivity was unsurpassed. More than 24,000 members of our union served in the armed forces, and hundreds made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. During the turbulent 1960s, our union became more deeply involved with politics. Union leaders worked with elected officials in creating landmark legislation like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislation that created Medicare and Medicaid programs, and the creation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The union was also involved with the campaign to raise the federal minimum wage. In 1969, the General Convention came out with the union’s first safety manual, "Play It Safe." Union members were also significantly involved role in passing the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which created important safeguards for all workers. Most labor unions suffered during the 1980s with an anti-union atmosphere prevalent in the United States. Membership in labor unions fell across the board. In recent years, IUPAT has recharged its batteries and begun an aggressive program of organizing workers and educating members about everything from workplace safety to new technology and techniques to use on the job. IUPAT has stepped up its efforts to help working families by becoming active in the political arena. And our union continues to reach out to communities and people in need. Official Stats of Disrict 36 District Coucil 36 Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glazers, Floorlayers and Tradeshow & Signcraft District Council 36, Business Manager, Grant Mitchell The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 36, is a labor union of more than 11,000 men and women in Southern California. The members work in the finishing trades and include Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Floorlayers, and Tradeshow & Signcraft workers. The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades has been a leading organization within the building and construction industry since 1887. Since being chartered in 1908, District Council 36 has been committed to the membership ranks, making certain they are paid fair wages and receive the medical, vacation, and retirement benefits to which they are entitled. District Council 36 provides the contractors with highly trained, skilled, and safety-conscious workers who are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s workplace. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PAINTERS & ALLIED TRADE DISTRICT COUNCIL NO. 36 Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36 Tradeshow & Signcraft Tradeshow & Signcraft Training Local Union 831 Tradeshow & Signcrafts Officers Painters & Allied Trades (Multi-Crafts Union) - Never Give Up! (Video) Southern California Convention Centers Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles Convention Center Calendar of Events Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim C.C. Calander of Events Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach Convention Center Calendar of Events San Diego Convention Center San Diego Convention Center Calendar of Events EXHIBIT INSTALLER COMPANIES

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