[URBANTH-L]AES conference statement
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Mon Oct 25 01:07:50 EDT 2004
Statement of the Board of the American Ethnological Society on the
Lockout of Local 2 UNITE/HERE at the San Francisco Hilton and the
Decision of the AAA Executive Board to Relocate the 2004 Annual Meeting
October 24, 2004
The Board of the American Ethnological Society has unanimously agreed
that we will not participate in a conference that crosses picket lines.
We believe that expressing our solidarity with the locked-out members
of Local 2 in San Francisco will have broad national implications, and
will contribute to the struggle for the welfare of working people.
We appreciate that the AAA Executive Board has acted under
extraordinary pressure as it has attempted to respond to a rapidly
changing situation, that the membership of the Association is divided
over many issues that have emerged very rapidly in the past week, and
that every option available to the Association entails serious costs
and risks both for the Association as a whole and for many members as
individuals. We hope to be able to assist in efforts to reduce or
eliminate the costs of these changes to our student, unemployed, and
Collectively, as a board, we have significant reservations about the
Executive Board's decision to move the 2004 meeting to a non-union
Hilton property in Atlanta, and we will be issuing a formal response to
this decision in the near future. Individually, many of us have already
decided we will not attend the meeting rescheduled and relocated at the
Atlanta Hilton. However, even as we will be working to formulate an
official position on what to do with the AES-sponsored sessions
scheduled for the meeting, we believe it has become a matter of urgent
importance that fair labor practice must now become a priority
consideration for the planning of all future Association and section
meetings. We hold ourselves and the Association accountable for having
neglected this issue in the past.
We urge our colleagues to join us in an effort to ensure that the
discipline of anthropology practices the same ethical standards in its
professional culture as it demands of each of its members in their
individual scholarly work.
For ongoing information on the union demands and negotiations, updates
to the AES Board's position, news from other sections, and to join an
interactive discussion open to all members of the AAA, please visit the
AES website at http://www.AESonline.org.
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