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This seemed to be worth sharing with the list ML ________________________________________ From: email@example.com [firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Powell DeGange [email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 8:56 PM To: Brackett, John (brackejk) Subject: Historians to violate Hotel Workers Union / LGBT Boycott at 2010 Annual Meeting Dear History Professors of University of Cincinnati, I am writing you to reach out for support on behalf of San Diego's hotel workers and the LGBT community in regards to the American Historical Association's (AHA) decision to hold its 2010 meeting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. This hotel, the 2nd largest Hyatt hotel in North America, is the site of a boycott called for by the LGBT community in San Diego, the Hotel Employees Union (UNITE HERE), and has been sanctioned by the San Diego Labor Council. AHA Director, Arnita Jones, circumvented a proposed resolution signed by hundreds of AHA members to relocate the 2010 meeting and has kept the conference at the boycotted hotel. Much of the reasoning behind violating the boycott was to avoid a possible cancellation fee. Spending money at the Manchester Hyatt perpetuates injustice and discrimination here in San Diego. The community has come together to ask groups to cancel in order to stand with all those fighting against discrimination and for justice for San Diego's hotel workers, women, immigrants and LGBT community. Show your support by having your History Department pledge not to attend the AHA convention unless moved to an alternate site and faxing the attached pledge to AHA executive director, Arnita Jones at (202) 544-8307. As a customer of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the AHA is caught in the middle of this contentious labor dispute. Picketing, demonstrations and other actions occur outside of the hotel. This has been a highly visible dispute and we encourage you to avoid the controversy and meet at an alternate venue. The American Association of Justice relocated their Annual Conference in July of 2009 out of the Manchester Grand Hyatt to another property to honor the boycott and not alienate members of their organization that may not be comfortable publicly violating a boycott called by hotel workers, community activists and leadership of the LGBT community. The California Nurses Association and the Association of Realtors recently relocated their planned events without incurring any cancellation fees. Please Demand that AHA fight the cancellation fee and relocate the annual meeting out of the Manchester Grand Hyatt Here is an article on the Trial Lawyers Association relocating their 2009 convention out of the Manchester Grand Hyatt: http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=14842#comments <http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=14842#comments> Please Watch the video of the 2009 Cesar Chavez Day Action at the Manchester Grand Hyatt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sULRNbCXero A short synopsis of issues at the Manchester Grand Hyatt are listed below: On July 10th, 2008, a coalition led by the San Diego labor movement and the LGBT community called for a boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The LGBT community and UNITE HERE have come together to fight for equality for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgendered couples and justice for the workers at Doug Manchester's Hyatt hotel. Doug Manchester has a history working against both groups: * Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered couples. Doug Manchester was one of the leading funders ($125,000) of Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative that discriminates against LGBT couples. This measure eliminated their right under state law to marriage.. While Hyatt may officially disavow Manchester's contributions to Proposition 8 as a personal choice, the fact remains that their multi-million dollar LGBT marketing efforts must be seen as little more than sheer hypocrisy when the revenue this marketing attracts is then funneled into efforts that bite the hand which feeds them. In such a situation, customers have the ability to choose not to feed them any longer. * Justice for Manchester Hyatt workers. Manchester's Hyatt allegedly forces housekeepers to clean more rooms than housekeepers at other Hyatt hotels, including the other Hyatt hotel in San Diego. In 2006, housekeepers began lunch hour protests against working conditions in the hotel, saying that their daily room quota had been increased from 17 to 30 rooms per shift! We have no reason to believe that Manchester has made any workload reductions to address these protests. Increasing workloads put a greater strain on housekeepers; likely to increasei injury rates. According to the Department of Labor, injury rates for hotel workers are 40% higher than the service sector average. Hotel housekeeper injuries are debilitating. Back injuries, housemaids' knee (bursitis), and shoulder pain can lead to permanent disability. Numerous studies have shown that unreasonable workloads are a serious occupational health issue. Here are a few facts that highlight the severity of that problem: In a recent survey of more than 600 hotel housekeepers in the U.S. and Canada, 91% said that they have suffered work-related pain. Of those who reported workplace pain: _ 77% said their workplace pain interfered with routine activities. _ Two out of every three workers visited their doctor to deal with workplace pain. _ 66% took pain medication just to get through their daily quota Sincerely, Powell DeGange UNITE HERE Local 30 San Diego, CA 92108 619-516-3737 x323 __________ Information from ESET NOD32 Antivirus, version of virus signature database 4330 (20090812) __________ The message was checked by ESET NOD32 Antivirus. http://www.eset.com ----- End forwarded message -----