IATSE Local 39 Organizes Freight Handlers at Champion Exposition

IATSE Local 39 Organizes at Champion Expo

On Mar. 31, 2010 the National Labor Relations Board Region 15 conducted an election in New Orleans on behalf of a group of freight handlers seeking representation by IATSE Local 39 with Champion Exposition Services, LLC.  Champion Exposition is a national general service contractor in the tradeshow industry.

Thirty-three voters became eligible  based on a stipulated election agreement between the IATSE and the employer.  Ten eligible voters cast ballots in favor of union representation, while there were no ballots cast against it.  One ballot was set aside because that individual did not qualify under the stipulated eligibility formula. No timely objections were filed by the employer.

On Apr. 12, the IATSE and Local 39 were certified by the NLRB as the collective-bargaining  representative of Champion Exposition’s freight employees.  A Notice of Bargaining  Obligation was issued by the Board and negotiations are underway.  In the near future, it is anticipated that a new agreement will be reached.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 150,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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