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Teamsters Local 25 Launches 2nd Annual Worker Training Program for Bostonís Trade Show Industry
12/27/2018
Teamsters Local 25 held its second annual trade show worker training program at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Teamsters Local 25 launched Boston’s first ever trade show training program last year, in an effort to attract world-class trade shows to the city. The specialized program was initiated by Teamsters Local 25 to create more skilled workers, additional jobs and drive economic activity in synergy with Boston’s vibrant visitor economy. The program also provides Local 25 members with advanced skills to maximize their earning potential and keep pace with changes within the trade show industry.

During the two-day program, nearly 200 workers received hands-on training as instructors detailed the art of building and deconstructing trade shows quickly, efficiently and safely. The unique training program is made possible by Teamsters Local 25 in partnership with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), Massachusetts Department of Public Safety and convention and trade show employers.

John Donahue, Chief of Operations and Capital Projects at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA); Dennis Callahan ESQ., Deputy Director of MCCA; David Gibbons, Executive Director of MCCA: Ed Welch, Union Steward; Jimmy Donovan, Teamsters Local 25; Kevin McNiff, Union Steward.

“This training program is an investment in our members and in the City of Boston,” said Teamsters Local 25 President Sean M. O’Brien. “Having an educated and well-trained workforce is critically important for Boston to attract the large events with the biggest economic impact. Working collaboratively with great partners such as MCCA, we can make Boston a top destination for the most lucrative trade shows and give our members the skills needed to advance their careers and better support their families.”

Until recently, Boston’s trade show industry was predominantly seasonal, and not large enough to support more than an on-call, part-time workforce. By making this training available, Teamsters Local 25 is providing workers with a chance to earn certifications and licensure in handling the various aspects of working in the trade show industry.

“Customer service excellence is a cornerstone of the MCCA’s mission and our long-term success is a direct result of our constant focus on providing training throughout the organization,” said David Gibbons, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. “We applaud and appreciate the commitment of Teamsters Local 25 to make training a priority for every member as we continue our work together to create economic opportunities locally by bringing the world’s best events to Boston.”

A skilled trade show industry workforce will allow Boston to compete with its competitive set including cities such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and San Francisco in attracting the highest performing and most coveted conventions and trade shows. The training will also create more full-time employment opportunities.

“This program is truly life-changing for our members,” said Teamsters Local 25 Steward Ed Welch. “Giving these workers the chance to be fully trained and certified opens the door to many more employment opportunities in this growing industry, while showcasing the hardworking men and women that make Boston a prime destination for tradeshows and events.”

Teamsters Local 25 is the largest Teamsters union in New England, representing more than 12,500 workers.


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