There may be more than meets the eye behind the high-stakes battle over labor rates and terms of work at Chicago’s McCormick Place. It isn’t unusual for the parties in a contract dispute to sidestep issues in public that they freely acknowledge in private negotiations. (Hmm. Have we just unearthed yet another value proposition for face-to-face meetings?) But this would be the moment for combatants on all sides to keep their eyes on the bigger prize of expanding the economic pie for everyone ...

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