Dallas Labor & Services

Dallas Labor & Services

Work rules and customs vary from one city to another. We are certain you will appreciate knowing in advance that union labor may be required for certain aspects of your exhibit handling. To help you understand the jurisdiction that the various unions have, we ask that you read the following:

Electrical Labor & Plumbing

Responsible for the installation and distribution of all electrical outlets, cables and distribution equipment. This includes extension cords installed under carpet or any other type of flooring. Freeman is responsible for any hardwiring of equipment to installed electrical cables or disconnecting devices. Exhibitors are permitted to install their own lights, monitors, and other A/V equipment.
Freeman is responsible for the installation and distribution of all water lines and the filling and draining of all water tanks. Exhibitors are permitted to connect their equipment to the lines installed by Freeman.

Material Handling Local Union Labor

The Local Union has jurisdiction for the operation of all material-handling equipment, all unloading and reloading, and the handling of empty containers. Exhibitors may hand-carry their own materials into the exhibit facility provided they do not use any material handling equipment (fork-lifts, flatbeds, dollies, pallet jacks, etc).
Freeman will control access to the loading docks in order to provide for a safe and orderly move-in/move-out.

Installation & Dismantle Labor - Local Union Labor

The Local Union has jurisdiction for the installation and dismantling of all exhibits including carpet, furniture, and hanging signs. All hired labor must belong to Local Union. Labor can be ordered in advance by returning the enclosed form, or on showsite, at the Freeman Service Desk.
Three options for installation and dismantle labor exist in Texas. Labor may be:

  • performed by full-time employees of the exhibiting company; or
  • hired through Freeman, the official general service contractor; or
  • hired through an exhibitor-appointed contractor.


Material Handling: The delivery and removal of freight from the loading dock to exhibit space is called material handling.  Material handing rates are charged per pound.  All material handing rates include removal of empty crates/cartons and storage during the show by Freeman.  

Direct Shipment: Shipments received at the exhibit hall from exhibitors' carrier.

Advance Warehouse Shipment: Shipments received at the material handling contractor's warehouse within one month of the show will be delivered to the exhibit hall on the exhibitors targeted move-in day.


Material Handling (Crated or Skidded Shipment       
Direct Shipment or Advance Warehouse $1.05/lb 
Exhibit Installation & Dismantling Labor (Advance orders)  
Straight Time $115.25/hr
Overtime $173.00/hr
Forklift w/operator up to 5,000 pds (Advance orders)  
Straight Time $179.75/hr
Overtime $237.50/hr


Future NADA Shows

  • 2024 – Las Vegas, February 1-4 (Thursday-Sunday)
  • 2025 – New Orleans, January 23-26 (Thursday-Sunday)

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