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June 30, 2008

Statement of the American Sociological Association Regarding Labor Dispute at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
and the Hynes Convention Center

ASA supports fair labor practices in dispute between
Aramark and UNITE HERE Local 26, The Boston Hotel and Foodservice Workers Union

In accordance with previous actions by the American Sociological Association (ASA) in support of fair labor practices and the welfare of workers, the ASA Council urges that the Aramark Company operating at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the Hynes Convention Center negotiate with UNITE HERE Local 26, the Boston Hotel and Foodservice Workers Union, to provide fair wages, health and other coverage, and engage in no retaliation against union negotiators.

The ASA Council affirms the Association's intention to sign no food service contracts with Aramark unless the contract issues are settled before our Annual Meeting. The ASA is holding its 103rd Annual Meeting in Boston, July 31 – August 4, 2008, with a meeting theme of "The Worlds of Work."

As a professional and scholarly association, we are deeply concerned about the welfare of hotel, convention center, and foodservice workers who are often people of color and women, and about ensuring fair labor practices in communities to which we regularly return to hold our meetings. ASA anticipates that its 103rd Annual Meeting in Boston will meet or exceed attendance at its 102nd meeting in New York City of 6,025 members and other national and international participants.

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