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Teamsters Local 25 Launches First Ever Worker Training Program for Boston’s Trade Show Industry

By Nadine Wright

In an effort to attract world-class trade shows to Boston, Teamsters Local 25 has launched the city’s first trade show worker training program. As a top destination for international tourists, it was important for Local 25 to create more skilled workers and jobs and elevate Boston in the vibrant tourism industry.

“Having an educated and well-trained workforce is critically important to Boston to attract the events that have the biggest economic impact. Making this training available will create more jobs, more visitor spending, and put more working men and women in a better position to support their families by working in this industry,” said Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters Local 25 President.

The initial four-hour training sessions took place December 12-13 at the BCEC and hosted more than 100 workers. The initial program covered the art of building and deconstructing trade shows quickly, efficiently, and safely. The training program’s curriculum also includes courses in customer service, decorating, systems, I & D and freight foremanship, first aid, CPR, and OSHA 10. Local 25 members are required to attend 16 hours of training over the first two years of the union’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which took effect last April.

By making this new training available, it provides workers with a chance to earn certifications and licensure in handling the various aspects of working in the trade show industry. A skilled trade show industry workforce will allow Boston to be an attractive destination for some of the biggest and most lucrative trade shows.

The training was made possible by the Teamsters Local 25 partnership with the convention and trade show employers working in conjunction with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety.

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