Now I'm a union man
Amazed at what I am
I say what I think, that the company stinks
Yes I'm a union man
When we meet in the local hall
I'll be voting with them all
With a hell of a shout, it's "Out brothers, out!"
And the rise of the factory's fall
Strawbs, "Part Of The Union," 1973
Factory's fall, trade show hall's fall...what difference does it make when you are unemployed?
It's time for a follow up to my series on union abuses in Chicago's convention industry.
For many years exhibitors, make that customers, have been terrorized by union goons at the Near South Side McCormick Place exhibit hall. Carpenters have charged exorbitant rates for the simplest of tasks. Trade show drayage is another racket. Two years ago an exhibitor was charged $345 so four cases of Pepsi--which goes for about $10 a case--could be lugged from the doors of McCormick Place to his booth during the Plastics Show.
After four decades in the city, the Plastics Show abandoned Chicago for Orlando.
The rise of the hall's fall.
That departure, and the threat from other shows to bolt from Chicago, forced the state to enact exhibitor-friendly work rule reforms. But last week a federal judge threw out the new legislation; the Teamsters Union filed suit to have the law overturned--stating that the General Assembly had no right to interfere with collective bargaining agreements.
For now the new rules remain in effect. But if more shows leave, there will be a lot of unemployed Teamsters and union carpenters. And the "little people" the unions claim to champion, the waiters, cab drivers, and room attendants--they will end up with smaller paychecks.
If they have them at all.
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