Convention workers strike threat averted

A threatened strike by the workers who put on trade shows that could have disrupted The City’s convention business was averted with an agreement Wednesday.

The 1,000-plus members of the Sign Display & Allied Crafts Local 510 help produce events at venues, including the Moscone Center. Their union and the 53 companies that employ them have been in talks since Feb. 20.Their contract expired Tuesday.

The main sticking point, according to sources, was pay. Union representatives declined to discuss the agreement until it could be presented to union members, who are scheduled to vote on it Wednesday.

Tourism is San Francisco’s top industry, bringing in $6.73 billion in visitor and convention spending in 2006. The average expenditure per convention delegate per day was $275.76.

“This is very good news,” said Joe D’Alessandro, head of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Now we can go forward marketing The City.”

beslinger@examiner.com

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