[URBANTH-L]More responses on the lockout

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Fri Oct 22 13:43:29 EDT 2004

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From: "Diggs-Thompson, Marilynne" <diggst at pobox.upenn.edu>
Subject: AAA - Hotels and Strikes
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 15:15:49 -0400

FYI all
Though there has been little mention of it here at UPenn  -- many of the
same issues are involved in the strike involving Atlantic City workers
now.  The "Hilton" (owned by Ballys) is one of the 8 hotel/casinos
affected by the strike.  Reduced or eliminated benefits, hiring
non-union low wage employees, the length of the new contract are among
the many issues on the table with Local 54 currently.
Marilynne Diggs-Thompson, Ph.D. 
Dean, Spruce College House 
310 South 36th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104


From: "Paul" <paulanthropus at cox.net>
Subject: Re: [URBANTH-L]Two Further Responses on the AAA Strike
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 09:10:09 -0700

I think that this reply overlooks one matter: accountability. What was =
the executive board thinking when it agreed to what is essentially =
theft--being  bound to the 1.2 million penalty if the SF Hilton even in =
the event of a strike and/or lockout.

It is high time that the membership take back the power of and =
responsibility for making such decisions. Why, for example, does the AAA =
continue holding meetings in hotels that half the membership cannot =
afford, if not more? Is there a law against holding meetings at =
individual universities, such as at least two well-appointed =
universities within driving distance from San Francisco?

This elitism has to end. We are stuck with a $1.2 million tariff, plus =
legal fees, for tolerating this state of affairs. And that is only one =
price we've had to pay as a result.=20

Paul McDowell
Ph.D. and Part-Timer


From: "Gaudio, Rudolf" <Rudolf.Gaudio at purchase.edu>
Subject: RE: [URBANTH-L]Choice and Individual Morality
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 14:51:45 -0400

The problem with "liberalism" is that it too often construes morality and
ethics solely as private, individual matters.  They are not, especially when
it comes to something as macrostructural as working conditions at a
multinational corporation.  One can feel "sympathy" for striking workers,
but sympathy isn't what they're asking for.  

Rudolf P. Gaudio
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
School of Natural and Social Sciences
Purchase College, State University of New York
Purchase, NY 10577
rudolf.gaudio at purchase.edu


From: "Don Anderson" <simmers at mindspring.com>
Subject: SF strike not just a local issue
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 11:46:31 -0700

This article places the lockout in a wider perspective:



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