Deal Reported in St. Louis Audio-Visual Dispute

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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St. Louis, MO – A settlement has been reached in the dispute between America’s Center in St. Louis and union audio-visual technicians who were off the job for nearly two weeks.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) provided no details of the agreement, which will allow the union workers to get back to work immediately. “The CVC will welcome the return of union workers no later than Friday, April 11,” said the statement issued late April 4 by the CVC, the three union locals, the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charles Dooley.

Members of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and two locals of the International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees had contended they were locked out of America’s Center in late March after rejecting a CVC proposal to make them CVC employees rather than employees of outside contractors. The settlement also would allow trade show and convention organizers to bring in outside companies to perform audioisual work.

The CVC, which denied it had locked out the 150 workers, said the changes were needed to keep America’s Center competitive as an events venue.

Reach Steven Stickford, America’s Center senior vice president of convention sales & services, at (314) 992-0634 or sstickford@explorestlouis.com