Tuesday, November 17, 2009


The Chicago Way Out

Losing convention business at McCormick Place:

The International Plastics Showcase moves it's convention to Florida:

"At the end of the day, when I talked to the folks in Chicago, it really came down to one major issue… and that's the cost," he said.

Plastics Showcase officials (say) the organization may save $20 million by moving to Orlando.

Healthcare Information and Management Systems says it is done in Chicago:

"Our costs were about $200,000 more," said Lieber. "So it went from $40,000 to $240,000 for the electrical work alone."

I'm not sure how much of the excessive cost of hosting a convention in Chicago is due to unions. Laborers have the right to organize to protect themselves from being exploited but the unions and the city of Chicago need to realize that consumers would also like to protect themselves from being exploited.


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