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Union Rules – San Diego

Union Jurisdiction in San Diego (pdf)

To assist you in planning for your participation in the forthcoming convention, we are certain you will appreciate knowing in advance that union labor will be required for certain aspects of your exhibit handling. To help you understand the jurisdiction the various unions have, we ask that you read the following:


Members of this union claim jurisdiction over all set-up and dismantling of exhibits including signs and laying of carpet. This does not apply to the unpacking and placement of your merchandise. You may install and/or dismantle your exhibit display if one person, who is a full time employee, can accomplish the task in an hour or less without the use of tools.

If your exhibit preparation, installation or dismantling requires more than 1 hour, you must use union personnel supplied by the Official Decorating Contractor. As an exhibitor, you will be pleased to know that when union labor is required, you may provide your company personnel to work along with a union installer in Southern California on a one-to-one basis.


This union claims jurisdiction on the operation of all material handling equipment, all unloading and reloading, and handling of empty containers. An exhibitor may move the material that is hand carryable by one person in one trip, without the use of dollies, hand trucks or other mechanical equipment.


IBEW Electricians jurisdiction covers all electrical labor for each booth including but not limited to, cable distribution under your carpet or flooring, and throughout the booth structure. Included are connections & hardwiring of all electrical equipment, (e.g. 208volt & higher services, panels, motors, and audio visual equipment), installation of all lighting hung from truss or beams & distribution of all cabling throughout the booth & truss structures. All stage hand labor used in the exhibit area will be supplied through Freeman with exception of their company representative/supervisor. Unless contracted directly with the in-house AV / Internet provider, all data and coaxial cable run within the booth, overhead or on the floor will be installed by our electricians. Electrical services are provided on a time and material basis
and cannot be performed by other unions, I&D houses or Exhibitors.


Standing on chairs, tables or other rental furniture is prohibited. The furniture is not engineered to support your standing weight. Freeman is not responsible for injuries caused by improper use of furniture.


Freeman request that exhibitors do not tip our employees. They are paid at an excellent wage scale denoting a professional status and we feel that tipping is not necessary. This applies to all Freeman employees.