February 9, 2011 - As noted in a January 31 communication with all members, SAA recently learned of a labor dispute involving UNITE HERE Local 1 (a hospitality workers union) and several Chicago-area hotels, including the Hyatt Regency Chicago, site of SAA’s 2011 Annual Meeting. The union is calling for a boycott of these hotels; no strike has been called. A labor contract was in place and the boycott was not in effect when SAA signed the hotel contract.
The SAA Council discussed the dispute at its January 27-30 meeting in Chicago because of the implications that it may have for the Society’s 75th Anniversary conference, scheduled for August 22-27. During its meeting, the Council heard from representatives of the hotel and the union.
The Council and staff are investigating options related to the conference venue and are monitoring the situation closely. Following is some information that may be of interest to SAA members:
The Council is grateful for the member comments that we have received and welcomes additional member comment on this situation via the "Add New Comment" function immediately below this post. Or you may wish to direct comments or questions to SAA President Helen Tibbo (email@example.com), SAA Executive Director Nancy Beaumont (firstname.lastname@example.org), or any member of the SAA Council(http://tinyurl.com/47jse62).