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      More on the AAA meeting situation


      Quoting Thomas Sheridan <tes@...>:

      > Re: AAA EXEC BOARD & LABOR SITUATION IN SFFellow Section Assembly Members,
      >
      > I'm having trouble with my UA email, so forgive me if you've already received
      > this message:
      >
      > When I forwarded the AAA memo to members of the Anthropology & Environment
      > Section, and my fellow board members, I asked them to cc me their replies. I
      > also told them that I, personally, would not cross any picket lines. So far,
      > the majority of section members and board members feel the same way.
      >
      > Again, speaking personally, I would love to see the AAA come out swinging and
      > tell the Hilton the meeting will be cancelled unless the lockout is resolved.
      > I understand the dilemma facing the AAA Executive Board. The threat of a
      > lawsuit from the Hilton chain is very real, even though, as I understand it,
      > the OAH won its suit or settlement against the Adams Mark hotel chain when
      > they moved their meeting to St. Louis University to protest the hotel chain's
      > discriminatory practices against African Americans. Nonetheless, I don't see
      > how the AAA could justify holding the meeting in a hotel being picketed by
      > its workers. We've passed all these high toned resolutions about only
      > holding meetings in unionized hotels in cities with formal living wage
      > ordinances. It would be the height of hypocrisy to continue the meeting
      > unless the labor dispute is resolved.
      >
      > Given the potentially severe financial consequences of cancelation, however,
      > another possible alternative is to host a ghost meeting where no one shows
      > up, including the AAA leadership (I doubt many of them have been able to get
      > flu shots this fall), for individual members to cancel their reservations,
      > preferably at the last possible moment before losing their deposits, and for
      > those of us who plan on being in the Bay area anyway to join the picket line.
      > I realize the AAA as an organization could not orchestrate such action
      > without exposing it to the long arm of the Hilton. But individual members
      > can do anything they want.
      >
      > I much prefer cancelation. But I don't have to make that decision and live
      > with its consequences.
      >
      > Best,
      >
      > Tom Sheridan
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Dan Segal
      > To: Dorothy Holland ; John Baker ; Daniel Varisco
      > Cc: Alan Goodman ; ajgottli@... ; biella@... ;
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      > Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 12:46 AM
      > Subject: RE: AAA EXEC BOARD & LABOR SITUATION IN SF
      >
      >
      > Dottie,
      >
      > Thanks for your input.
      >
      > My response will be limited to a minor matter, one of clarification. You
      > speak of using registration fees to offset the financial loss. If I
      > understand the AAA budget process, those fees would ordinarily enter the AAA
      > revenue stream, which covers the ongoing expenses of the AAA. In other
      > words, to take the registration fees to cover the financial loss in this
      > case, should the contract with the Hilton be cancelled, would be to take
      > those same revenues AWAY from some other AAA operation. We cannot spend the
      > registration fees twice: we cannot use them to cover this possible financial
      > loss without de-funding something else.
      >
      > There are at least two precedents of scholarly associations cancelling
      > hotel contracts for ethical reasons, since 1994. One involved the AHA, which
      > cancelled a contract due to an anti-gay ordinance, and the other the OAH,
      > which cancelled a contract due to significant evidence that a hotel chain
      > practiced racial discrimination in its treatment of customers. Only in the
      > second case was the financial loss made up: and it was made up by significant
      > ADDITIONAL donations from members.
      >
      > Thanks again for your input.
      >
      > -- Dan
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      > From: Dorothy Holland [mailto:dholland@...]
      > Sent: Tue 10/19/2004 9:05 PM
      > To: John Baker; Daniel Varisco
      > Cc: Alan Goodman; ajgottli@...; biella@...;
      > blimmichael@...; brentonb@...; catherine_lutz@...;
      > cemihovich@...; Chadmorris1@...;
      > christine.pettett@...; conkey@...;
      > craig.janes@...; Dan Segal; dholland@...;
      > ebrumfiel@...; PAUL DURRENBERGER; gclark@...;
      > heiderk@...; hinton@...; jsallen@...;
      > jtapia@...; junenash@...; kbaker@...;
      > Kideckel@...; lambek@...; ldbaker@...;
      > LiebowE@...; lmille2@...; lstanfor@...;
      > mac-marshall@...; manglin@...; mlsalv@...;
      > naftalyp@...; paulect69@...; pstrong@...;
      > rrotenbe@...; socdmv@...; tboellst@...;
      > tes@...; wtrevath@...
      > Subject: Re: AAA EXEC BOARD & LABOR SITUATION IN SF
      >
      >
      > Dear John and Daniel,
      >
      > I appreciate John's concerns about the 1) potential financial damage to the
      > AAA of cancelling the meeting and 2) how we might show solidarity with the
      > union. After reading over the message from the AAA several times, it
      > occurs to me that there are several ways that the financial loss to the AAA
      > should we cance would and could be mitigated. One is the extent to which
      > the SF Hilton rebooks the rooms. From reading the newspaper articles on
      > the situation, the occupancy rate in the SF hotels is 71% or so as compared
      > to a breakeven of 60%. That seems to indicate that they will find
      > replacement occupants to some degree. The other way the financial hit to
      > the AAA would be mitigated is if lots of conference goers donate the
      > registration fee they've already paid to the AAA and don't demand it be
      > reimbursed. I know I would be willing to make that donation.
      >
      > Regarding showing solidarity with the union, I find this point important
      > whether the AAA cancels or not. If we do cancel, I think we should put
      > some really good heads together to make sure that we make a huge and
      > effective presentation about why we are cancelling the contract and
      > sacrificing. (If AAA is going to rish a big financial hit then we better
      > make very sure that our sacrifice does make some gains for workers and for
      > unions.) Even if we don't cancel, we do need to make a symbolic statement
      > that's effective!.
      >
      > Dottie Holland
      >
      >
      > --On Tuesday, October 19, 2004 7:58 PM -0700 John Baker
      > <JohnBaker@...> wrote:
      >
      > >
      > > Fellow Members,
      > >
      > > I support pursuing a middle ground that would allow the AAA to continue
      > > AND that would recognize the legitimacy of the walk-out AND make a
      > > statement without exposing the AAA to a potentially disastrous suit AND
      > > which might end up having the Hilton in even more of a losing position,
      > > namely:
      > >
      > > have the meetings at the Hilton as scheduled BUT encourage all of our
      > > members to leave the hotel and find their lodging elsewhere AND express
      > > our solidarity with the workers in both financial and public relations
      > > ways.
      > >
      > > For example, 1) invite the union to set up some type of coffee bar
      > > outside so that we can get coffee, etc., from them instead of the hotel.
      > > 2) hold a very public show of solidarity with press invited (perhaps a
      > > march, or a rally, or whatever works best). 3) request a dialogue with
      > > the union to coordinate our actions with them in the way that gets the
      > > most publicity and support. 4) ensure that any business that the Hilton
      > > loses is picked up by establishments that have been explicitly approved
      > > by the union.
      > >
      > > I strongly support the position of the workers and the union, but I
      > > recall the financial difficulties that the AAA is only now beginning to
      > > work itself back out of. I admit to feeling disappointed when I read that
      > > the union was not open to any other type of action, as I feel that some
      > > flexibility in this manner would show a willingness to negotiate on other
      > > matters and would put the hotel in an even worse position vis-a-vis any
      > > public relations campaign.
      > >
      > > There is also a possibility of an Executive Board decision concerning
      > > future meetings. For example, for each day past a certain date that the
      > > Hilton does not either negotiate in good faith or settle (a condition to
      > > be determined by the Exec Board), the AAA pledges NOT to schedule any
      > > meetings in a Hilton for a year. In other words, if the situation lasts
      > > for 10 days past this date, we will not negotiate to take our meeting to
      > > a Hilton for 10 years (how this might affect meetings that have already
      > > been booked is a detail that I do not know enough about).
      > >
      > > Please understand that this is my personal position and does not reflect
      > > the opinions of the members of the Society for the Anthropology of
      > > Consciousness. If and when a vote by the Section Assembly becomes a
      > > matter for consideration, I will ask the members of SAC for their advice
      > > as to the position I should support.
      > >
      > > John Baker
      >
      > Dorothy Holland
      > Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Anthropology
      > CB #3115
      > Department of Anthropoloyg
      > University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599
      >
      > Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired,
      > signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
      > those who are cold and not clothed. (Dwight Eisenhower, "The Chance for
      > Peace" Address April 16th, 1953)
      >
      > Dorothy Holland
      > Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Anthropology
      > Department of Anthropology
      > CB #3115
      > University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
      > Chapel Hill, NC 27599
      >
      > fax: 919-962-1613
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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      >




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