On July 20, 2018 the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place made the decision to lock out IATSE Local 58, the union representing our stagehands. This decision follows months of bargaining and Exhibition Place proposing a mechanism to IASTE that would extend bargaining until after the CNE, which the union flatly refused.
Exhibition Place values the work that our IATSE employees perform. However, our goals of modernizing the current collective agreement to reflect the reality of the highly competitive market in which we exist remains unchanged.
Exhibition Place remains prepared to return to the bargaining table to resolve this dispute on the basis that we have consistently communicated to the union; which is, having meaningful discussion on the key issues that are impacting competitiveness.
Exhibition Place has a full contingency plan in place and remains open for business including venue and site operations. Exhibition Place is working closely with the CNE to ensure it goes ahead, as planned. As with any labour disruption, there may be some considerations such as arriving earlier, parking in different locations and expecting delays for entrance into the Exhibition Place grounds.
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.
Exhibition Place greatly values our relationship with you, our client, and your continued partnership and support. We will continue to update you on the current labour dispute through Newslink. Should you have any questions about your event, please contact Gilles Bouchard, Director, Event Management Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.