Perhaps you’ve been following the discussions around Kickstarter’s anti-union stance, and perhaps you haven’t. When speaking of “unions”, people from the US have different experience than those from Europe or, say, Russia and China.
My own experience at the E3 has been that we’ve not been allowed to carry our games hardware as we were supposed to hire someone from the union that operated the Convention Center (we did it anyway), while my friends couldn’t vacuum their booth for the same reason (and so had to pay hundreds of dollars for someone from the union to come and do it for them).
Compared to the relative freedom at Gamescom where you can do pretty much anything short of operating a hotel out of your exhibition booth, the Los Angeles experience was definitely on the weird side. But then, USA is known for being a country of taking things to an absurd level, just think of their insulin prices
(Italy: $19/month; USA: $360/month).
Either way, “unions” are on the way to becoming a topic about which any global games company with an office in the US needs to have a policy about, so perhaps we should think about a panel on this during the upcoming Summit, to share experience from different regions?