by Kaylee Hultgren | December 16, 2009

The San Jose City Council has ordered Team San Jose, the organization that runs the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau and the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, to reconsider by Jan. 12 a union agreement put in place last summer that gives local Teamsters exclusive rights to working at the convention center. Since the agreement went into effect, there has been excessive opposition from industry organizations, such as the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and the International Center for Exhibitor and Event Marketing, and from San Francisco Teamsters who are excluded from working at the center. Dan Fenton, president and CEO of Team San Jose, has defended the agreement, claiming it reduces costs, increases flexibility and gives contracts to the local labor force. However, according to the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, Fenton told the council that the group is in danger of losing three conventions as a result of the current agreement.