FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, ON – Despite bargaining efforts by Exhibition Place to negotiate a ‘stand-down’ period for the beloved CNE Fair; the union representing stagehands, IATSE Local 58 refused to engage in discussions to mitigate impact on the event. Exhibition Place has advised that unless the union will come back to the table to reach an agreement, that the union will be locked out effective Friday, July 20, 2018 at 12:01am.
This action follows negotiations between the Board of Governors and the union, including meetings with the assistance of a provincially appointed mediator.
Exhibition Place has a full contingency plan in place and remains open for business including venue and site operations.
Exhibition Place will continue work towards negotiating a collective agreement that is fair to our employees but also allows us to have sustainable operations and remain competitive locally, nationally and internationally.
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About Exhibition Place
Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest business and entertainment venue, attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario’s economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sport, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Located at Exhibition Place are the award-winning Enercare Centre, Canada’s largest LEED Gold exhibition and convention Centre, and the Beanfield Centre LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading edge green technologies and practices across the site. www.explace.on.ca
For more information contact:
Chief Executive Officer, Exhibition Place