[URBANTH-L]more responses: tickets, legality
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bvergara at sfsu.edu
Mon Oct 25 10:18:54 EDT 2004
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 17:41:44 +0200
From: Rik Pinxten <Hendrik.Pinxten at UGent.be>
I second mails you get from graduates , as a foreigner visiting the AAA, who
would be forced to pay more for a conefrence rescheduling which indeed
favors Hilton once more, and has us customers pay double.
AAA cannot get away with such a policy, i would hope. this is bitchy , to
say the least.
prof. Rik pinxten
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 08:15:31 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kelly Neiman <kelly_neiman at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [URBANTH-L]Student Issues in SUNTA and the AAA, Other Postings
I am also stuck with a non-refundable ticket to SF and will be out the complete
price if I cancel. I am holding on to the ticket just in case there is a
counter-meeting in San Jose. I am hearing that other AAA sections are
considering meeting in San Jose. . . It appears the AAA would have been better
off taking their chances with cancelling the contract. I doubt very much that
they will even get half the attendance in Atlanta.
From: J. Shawn Landres <shawn at landres.com>
Subject: Is the Atlanta move even legal?
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 00:09:31 -0700
I am _very_ frustrated by the move to Atlanta -- as I'm sure many
people are. The callousness with which the AAA board acted,
particularly with respect to low-income members & graduate students
(especially those who are presenting and/or interviewing), leaves me
with a bitter enough taste in my mouth to make me rethink my membership
in the association all together. Frankly, if the constituent societies
of which I am a member offered a membership option other than through
the AAA, I would leap at it.
It strikes me that the AAA now may be vulnerable to a lawsuit from its
members, since it arbitrarily cancelled/moved the meeting and may be
said to have acted against the fiduciary interests of its own
membership. At the very least it should offer to cover
cancellation/change fees, perhaps by offering an equivalent credit of
$100-150 on 2004 conference registration & 2005 membership. The SAR
Board might consider making such a proposal along with other society
boards. (Probably this would cost the AAA around $200,000-$250,000,
which is a far cry from the $1.2 million it stood to lose.)
Has anyone considered asking a judge (in Virginia? in San Francisco?)
for an injunction to prohibit this arbitrary move to Atlanta?
Alternatively, has anyone considered some kind of class action against
the AAA for damages related to non-refundable airfare & hotel
commitments? Surely it would be cheaper (and more ethical) for the AAA
to do the right thing for its members than to pay to defend itself
against claims like this.
As much as the AAA should attend to and defend the socioeconomic
interests of hotel workers, it also should attend to and defend the
socioeconomic interests of its own members. The AAA board's actions
suggest that it ultimately cares about neither.
J. Shawn Landres shawn at landres.com
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