In light of this year’s American Academy of Religion annual meeting initially being scheduled at a boycotted Hyatt hotel, and the problems this caused for those involved, we are working to pass a resolution at this year’s annual meeting. The resolution declares that the American Academy of Religion will not patronize a hotel or conference center that is in the midst of a boycott, strike, lockout, picketing or other labor dispute. Furthermore, the resolution declares that the AAR will add language to all future contracts that allows them to get out of a contract without paying a penalty fee if a labor dispute arises.
In order to pass this we first need AAR members to sign the resolution before October 17th. If you agree with the resolution, please sign it and pass it along to all colleagues and friends who are AAR members.
Second, we need members to come to the AAR annual board meeting on Sunday, November 18th, at 7:30 a.m. at McCormick Place West-175A to vote for the resolution. Any member at the meeting votes and we need a simple majority vote to pass it! This is a great opportunity to make an important long-term change in the Academy. Thank you for your support!
PhD Student, Chicago Theological Seminary
RESOLVED: The American Academy of Religion will add protective language to all future contracts with hotels and conference centers for annual meetings declaring that if there is a boycott, strike, lockout, picketing or other labor dispute at the contracted facility, the AAR will be released from all contractual obligations without charge or penalty. Furthermore, the AAR will not patronize a hotel or conference center that is in the midst of a boycott, strike, lockout, picketing or other labor dispute. This resolution is consistent with the purpose and values statements as published on the AAR website: the religious traditions as understood and critically evaluated in our work support the values of equal human dignity and worth. In addition, the general public expects professional organizations that teach religion to be consistent with that value. We serve our members through this consistency, as some might actually be prevented from attending meetings held in facilities where there are labor disputes because of their religious and/or ethical convictions. Finally, this resolution is highly congruent with the AAR values statement as “equity, responsibility and democratic accountability” are furthered through respect for the rights of all workers in facilities we patronize through our dues and fees.
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