August 2009

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ESCA WIS Badge Program Gaining Momentum
As the WIS program matures, additional venues are asking for the program to be instituted in their buildings.  ESCA recently reached agreement with Global Spectrum facility management to install the program in all twelve (12) of the convention centers they manage, with an eye toward moving into the forty (40) plus arenas they manage in 2010.
On July 1 the ESCA WIS identification badge became mandatory for access to the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC).  Since the announcement and training sessions ESCA presented dating back to April, we have now issued more than 3000 badges to workers across the country that are working in the GWCC... and orders for additional badges are rolling in daily.  We sincerely thank the management and staff of GWCC for being the first facility to go with the WIS program.
Last week the ESCA staff was in Miami Beach and registered 200 members of IUPAT Decorators Local 1175 that will be working in the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).  Next month we will be returning to Miami Beach to register an additional 200 Local 1175 Decorators and 400-500 IATSE Stagehands that will be working in the MBCC.  We are looking at a deadline date for access without the WIS badge of October 1
This week the ESCA staff is heading to Houston to register personnel that will be working in the George R Brown Convention Center (GRBCC).  In Houston we will be registering all contractors' full-time employees and members of the IBC Carpenters, IUPAT Decorators, IBT Teamsters and IBEW Electricians Locals that will be working in GRBCC in the future.  The deadline for access into the GRBCC without a WIS badge is set for October 1.
Next on the schedule is the Duke Energy Convention Center (DECC) in Cincinnati.  DECC currently manages their own identification badge program, but is turning management of their program over to ESCA WIS.  George Fern Company is the first general contractor to register their full-time employees in Cincinnati.  Although a definite deadline date for entry without the WIS badge has not been set, we hope to be able to set a date in early October there.
Georgia Dome to Host 2009 Annual Business Meeting
The 2009 ESCA Annual Business Meeting will be held in the Owners Suite of the Georgia Dome on Monday, December 7.  The event will be one to remember, as guests will be given a tour of the Atlanta Falcons dressing room, have an opportunity to have their picture taken on the 50 yard line with Atlanta Falcon cheerleaders then ushered up to the Owners Suite for a reception, dinner and business program hi-lighting ESCA's accomplishments of 2009 and our goals for 2010.  Registration for the reception and dinner will be available on the ESCA website beginning in September, so please mark the date on your calendar.

San Jose Convention Center
The management of the San Jose Convention Center and the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau, Team San Jose, has recently proposed taking all Teamster labor in-house as an exclusive service.  Just a few "hi-lites" of the impact this will have on general service contractors, exhibitor appointed contractors, exhibiting companies and event organizers follows:

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Javits Expected to Freeze 2009 Labor Rates for 2010
An agreement is being finalized that would freeze labor rates at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center through next year, sources told Trade Show Executive.

Management at the New York City facility declined comment. However, an announcement is expected by Friday and TSE will provide full details.

Trade Show Executive's 2nd Annual Gold 100 Awards & Summit to Honor the Best and Brightest in the Trade Show Industry
Oceanside, CA - Trade Show Executive will salute the people, the shows and the organizations that have set the gold standard for the $85 billion exposition industry at its 2nd Annual Gold 100 Awards & Summit. The event will be held September 23-25, 2009at the dramatic new Terranea Resort & Conference Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, conveniently located 20 miles from Los Angeles International Airport. Ten organizers will also receive TSE's Grand Award in categories ranging from "Against All Odds" to "The Show with the Highest Economic Impact" to "The Top Brand."
SEC 08 HeaderSESCO Client Alert:
We are providing to you copies of new SESCO publications.  Please know that these are available to members at a reduced fee basis, I think it is important that we provide additional resources to members regarding these changes in federal and state employment regulations as well as proposed legislation that we expect passage.   

ESCA - HR Compliance Manuals

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Joel Greenwald CoverGreenwald Doherty LLP Employment Law Advisor 
In This Issue:
  • New wage bias act reverses Supreme Cour's Ledbetter decision.
  • Did employee's cooperation lead to employer's retaliation?
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act - Think twice before firing someone on qualified leave.

  • Acting in good faith at question in FLSA case.

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ESCA WIS Standardized ID Badge Makes it Easier on All 
The idea of a national identification badge for trade show labor is one that makes sense for venue managers, service contractors and workers themselves.  After years of individual badges for every convenion cener in the U.S., ESCA has pulled together the technology and cooperation required to launch a nationwide badging program that many in the industry say has been long overdue; and in the process, was selected for a Trade Show Executive 2009 Innovation Award.
Advertise With ESCA!
Did you know that the ESCA homepage gets over 300 hits daily and we have two advertising opportunities available?
The Vertical Banner space at the lower left of the page of the ESCA home page is available for advertising for member and non-members.  Note that the rotating banner will appear on all pages of the website, not just the home page. A link can be established to the advertiser's website or event.
The Featured Member window on the homepage is available at no cost to General and Specialty Contractor Members only.  This rotating window only apprears on the homepage and has a direct link to the member's lising in the Directory.
Note that there is a three month minimum required for the advertising. 

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