From the AHA Activities column of the March 2005 Perspectives

Resolution Passed at the 119th Business Meeting

AHA Staff, March 2005

The text of the resolution passed at the 119th Business Meeting of the AHA (held on January 8, 2005), and accepted by the Council at its meeting on January 9, 2005, is as follows:

Whereas, the AHA has since 1994 explicitly considered labor issues in its selection of annual meeting hotels and vendors; and

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

Whereas, the AHA 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 AHA reaffirms its longstanding support of the right of workers to organize by continuing its practice of union preference in negotiating hotel and service contracts for the Annual Meeting and for any other meetings organized by the AHA; therefore, be it further

Resolved, that AHA continues its practice of including labor disputes in the standard escape provision in any AHA contract for annual meeting hotels and meetings.