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About: Resolutions and Actions

Resolution on Labor and ASA Conventions

March 2005

RESOLUTION ON LABOR AND ASA CONVENTIONS (adopted at the November 11, 2004 ASA Council Meeting)

WHEREAS, hotel union representation raises wages, supplies benefits, and protects worker dignity, thereby insuring that economic growth benefits a workforce often composed of people of color, and particularly women of color; and

WHEREAS, the American Studies Association’s decision to hold meetings in union or non-union hotels strengthens or weakens the ability of these workers and their unions to secure better working conditions and contribute to equitable urban growth;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Studies Association will adopt, as part of its standing rules, a policy of union preference in negotiating hotel and service contracts for the Annual Meeting and for any other meetings organized by the Association; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that those responsible for negotiating and administering said contracts shall, in accordance with this policy of union preference:

(A) select a union hotel and/or service provider if any such provider(s) respond(s) to a request for proposals; and

(B) take active measures to support workers in any labor disputes arising at a contracted hotel, such that meeting attendees will be not compelled to cross picket lines or violate a boycott; and

(C) add labor disputes to the standard escape clause in any ASA contract for convention hotels and meetings.