July 2007

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Exhibition Services & Contractors Association Newsletter
July 2007
Member News
Snowflake logoSummer Conference Is Huge Success!


With Over 200 attendees, 18 speakers and 17 exhibitors, this years Conference is being referred to by most attendees as one of the best yet.  Look for a special SUMMER CONFERENCE EDITION with attendee comments, reviews and photos due out next week.


ESCA logo smallESCA Schedules 1st Workshop for August 21 at the Georgia World Congress Center

The ESCA Standards and Best Practices Pillar Committee has scheduled it's first workshop on "How to Plan and Execute an Effective and Productive Site Visit of Hotels and Exhibition Venues" for August 21.  Attendance is limited, so please register early at www.esca.org.

SescoSenate Blocks Labor Bill
On June 26, 2007 by a vote of 51-48 the U. S. Senate defeated a motion to cut off debate on H. R. 800, a bill to simplify union organizing rules, essentially killing the bill for this year.  The bill titled the "Employee Free Choice Act" would have required employers to recognize unions after being presented union cards signed by a simple majority of eligible workers on their payrolls.  Under current labor law, a company can require a secret ballot election supervised by the federal government after being presented the union cards.
The U. S. House of Representatives passed the bill in March of this year, but the White House had stated that if the bill passed both houses of Congress it would be vetoed.  Both political parties will likely make this an issue in 2008 elections.  The provisions of H.R. 800 are supported by labor unions and most Democrats.  Business interests such as the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and most Republicans opposed the bill.
We will continue to monitor legislative activity that may affect an employer's capability to relate to its employees.  If you have any questions about this issue, please contact SESCO Management Consultants at sescomgt@sescomgt.com or (423) 764-4127.
SescoFederal Minimum Wage Increases Become Effective July 24th 
Please review the attached update from SESCO to the article published in our June newsletter for the latest information on the incremental increases over the next two years.
Women in the Industry: In Their Own Words
It seems like women in the tradeshow industry possess magical powers. Often in the same executive positions as their male counterparts, they drive their companies forward and still find the strength to attend soccer games, create strategic plans for industry organizations and participate in community projects. Exhibit City News asked women across different segments of the industry about their careers, challenges and inspirations, and received responses full of invaluable insights.
Hilton Hotels Corporation to Be Acquired by Blackstone Investment Funds
Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) announced today that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with The Blackstone Group's (NYSE:BX) real estate and corporate private equity funds in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $26 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Blackstone will acquire all the outstanding common stock of Hilton for $47.50 per share. The price represents a premium of 40% over the closing stock price.

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ETCP LogoTwenty-Eight ETCP Rigging Certificates Awarded to Members of IATSE Local 873 - Toronto
The Entertainment Technician Certification Program Council is proud to announce that twenty-eight certifications were awarded today to members of IATSE Local 873.

SescoJune, 2007 Issue of the SESCO Report Newsletter

In This Issue:
  • Increase In Federal Minimum Wage - Revised Posters Available Through SESCO
  • ICE Turns Up The Heat On Immigration Violations
  • Employees Hooked On Electronics Create Employer Liability
  • SESCO Client Inquiry - Staff Response

CB LogoCorbin's July/August 2007 TechTalk Newsletter

In This Issue:
  • New Article: The Video Revolution's Impact on the Events Industry
  • New Podcasts
  • New Article: Exhibit Sales Lessons Learned from a Turkish Carpet Salesman 
  • News
  • 23 Web Favorites for Business and Fun
  • Quotes of the Month
  • Corbin's Calendar and the fine print.
Joel Greenwald CoverGreenwald Doherty LLP's Employment Law Advice Column
In This Issue:
  • Sex discrimination and "disparate impact" - Be wary when using tests to screen job applicants
  • Sexual harassment not limited to male against female
  • Adverse employment action and close proximity key in retaliation case
  • Court clarifies employees' FMLA right

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Thank you for your continued support of ESCA!
Best Regards,
Mitt Arnaudet
Member Services Director