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American Sociological Association to Hold 2011 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas
Meeting was Originally Slated for Chicago

WASHINGTON, DC, January 4, 2011 — The American Sociological Association (ASA) announced today that it will hold its 106th Annual Meeting at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from Aug. 20-23, 2011.

“We are excited about bringing our meeting to Las Vegas for the first time,” said Sally T. Hillsman, ASA’s Executive Officer. “Not only is Las Vegas vibrant and fascinating from a sociological perspective, but it is also easily accessible for our members around the country.”

In addition, Caesars Palace affords ASA the unique opportunity to have all components of its Annual Meeting — including sessions, receptions, and housing — under one roof for the first time since 1990.

“When we decided to move our meeting from Chicago, we put an emphasis on finding an alternate location that offered optimum convenience for our members,” Hillsman said. “By selecting Las Vegas and Caesars Palace, we believe we have achieved that goal.”

ASA announced in December that it was moving its 2011 Annual Meeting from Chicago in response to a protracted labor dispute involving hotels in the city, including the two that had been scheduled to host the meeting. The contracts between Chicago union hotels and UNITE HERE Local 1 expired Aug. 31, 2009.

“Without any sign of an imminent resolution, the ASA Council voted unanimously to move the Annual Meeting because ASA could not guarantee that the facilities and environment for a successful meeting would be available,” Hillsman said.

Caesars Palace is a unionized facility with union contracts that do not expire until 2012.

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the meeting, which was originally scheduled to take place from Aug. 13-16.


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