McCormick Place Officials Lose Battle On Labor Change

CHICAGO (AP/CBS) – A judge has issued an injunction barring enforcement of state-imposed work-rule changes at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center. CBS 2’s Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman issued the permanent injunction Wednesday in a case involving Local 727 of the Teamsters and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters.

In March, Guzman ruled many of the reforms are illegal because the state Legislature went beyond the terms of union contracts in ordering them. The judge said the legislators’ action overturned collective bargaining rights in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.

One rule tossed gave exhibitors the right to do much of their work setting up and dismantling convention booths rather than having to use union workers.

Attorney Terrance McGann said the ruling “vindicates the carpenters’ union.” McCormick Place officials are appealing Guzman’s ruling.

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  • Garry

    Just put the facility up for sale to the private sector, be done with it, and the union rules. The union doesn’t want a vendor to be able to walk a box of display literature inside without their workers handling it. They can’t even run a drop cord for a display. The unions cost is already so high that exhibitors have an easy choice. Las Vegas and Orlando are much friendlier locations, better weather, and much less costly. Close the facility if necessary.

    • Bob

      I agree, CLOSE IT.

  • Bill S.

    Greedy basterds! Now we are fkd for tourism.

  • billyd

    Yes, Terrance McGann. This indeed vindicates the union. It also guarantees them a downward spiral of less and less work. So enjoy your victory. By the time your dumb*** membership figures out that their greed cost them a livelihood, you’ll be on to other more profitable legal ventures, like Wal-Mart slip and fall cases. And the members will have gotten exactly what they deserved.

  • working man

    With out unions there would be no middle class

  • Bob

    With unions the jobs keep leaving.

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