San Francisco loses conference over labor woes

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Citing Labor Unrest, Sociologists Move 2006 Meeting from San Francisco to Montreal (free subscription req'd):

    Another scholarly association has decided to move its annual convention

    away from San Francisco because of the simmering labor dispute involving

    that city's hotel workers. The American Sociological Association's

    executive officer, Sally Hillsman, said on Tuesday that it was "99.9

    percent certain" that the group's 2006 meeting will be moved from San

    Francisco to Montreal...

    The sociologists are at least the fourth major group of scholars to

    abandon San Francisco because of the conflict. Last fall, the American

    Anthropological Association moved its annual meeting to Atlanta at the

    eleventh hour. This past spring, the meeting of the Organization of

    American Historians jumped from San Francisco to San Jose, Calif. And

    earlier this month, the American Political Science Association announced

    that its 2006 meeting would move from San Francisco to Philadelphia.

The Unite Here Union strikes again, or at least, that's the fear. This is sad, especially since the association already moved its meeting once due to union issues. Please work something out here, folks. San Francisco is too great a meeting city to lose these conferences.

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