Seven days ago I appeared on CBS 2 Chicago. Jay Levine interviewed me about union price gouging at Chicago's McCormick Place convention center. I was hoping that the story would make a difference reverse the trade show exodus from Chicago.
Since then, two lucrative expositions have bailed, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the show that inspired the Channel 2 report, the International Plastics Showcase. That triennial event has been an exclusive Chicago event since the 1970s.
High labor costs--which means trade unions--are cited as the primary reason the shows are quitting Chicago.
Tyranny of the few is costing the city millions.
In related news, the state agency that runs McCormick Place, is laying off twenty percent of its workforce.
Things need to change.
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