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by Loren G. Edelstein | June 09, 2010

A complaint was filed last week in District Court for Northern Illinois on behalf of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, which challenges Public Act 898, which regulates work rules at McCormick Place and Navy Pier. In part, that act changes the window of straight-time hours for union workers to 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Friday (previously it was 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.); and it says crew sizes will be determined by the nature of the task, as opposed to set minimums. The carpenters are seeking to restore their "federally protected rights to negotiate the terms and conditions of their employment without governmental interference," according to an announcement from the union.