Class Library Working with Unions & Convention Centers

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  • Title:Working with Unions & Convention Centers
  • Category:Venues & Destinations
  • Level:All
  • Instructor:Elise Bechard
  • Length:45 min
  • Posted:8/13/2015
  • CMP Domain:B: Project Management
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One of the biggest wildcards event planners encounter in managing their events are unions. By understanding the roles that fall under each union, their rates and how their regular work hours will impact your schedule and budget, you'll be able to improve the success of your event. This class will review best practices when managing relationships with convention centers and venues that operate with union staff. Learn how to work cooperatively work with their team so that your event planning expereince wil be positive and productive.

Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand the roles of unions in various types of labor situations and how they can impact your next event.
    2. Speak the language of labor unions and know what those terms mean to your bottom line.
    3. Gain money saving ideas and tactics to keep your budget.
    4. Take away key tips and ideas for your next convention center event, whether it is in a union building or not.

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