Saturday, December 11, 2004

Motions Passed by SA in 2003

Section Assembly Actions since November Meeting
Items adopted by Email Ballot

Adopted by Section Assembly February 9, 2004

MOTION 1 ("Union Motion")

Whereas: The employment situation and real wages in the United States continues to deteriorate and there are substantial differences according to race and gender
The costs of healthcare and health insurance are steadily increasing
There are increasing inequities in our economic system
Unions offer effective remedies to these problems
Be it resolved that the Section Assembly urges:

The Executive Board of the AAA to study and adopt a policy that would have the American Anthropological Association, and its sections, meet only in hotels whose staff are represented by a union.

Explanation
The Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union maintains a website--http://www.hereunion.org/hotelguide/results.asp that lists all organized hotels, so that it takes virtually no staff time to find organized hotels.
This would use the economic power of our organization to reversing the negative trends listed above, and to improve the lives of working people


Adopted by Section Assembly February 17, 2004


MOTION 2 (“Living Wage Motion”)

Whereas: i. There is an increasing trend to contracting work and
ii. worsening economic conditions for working people and
iii. living wage ordinances have proven to be an effective means for combating poverty and race and gender imbalances in remuneration
Be it resolved that the Section Assembly urges the Executive Committee of the American Anthropological Association to study and adopt a policy that will restrict the AAA and its sections from meeting in any municipality, within the United States, that has not adopted a living wage ordinance.Explanation
This puts the economic power of the American Anthropological Association behind the move to gain living wage ordinances across the United States that has proven effective in combating poverty. This website maintains a list of municipalities that have adopted such ordinances so that it would take virtually no staff time to check sites:
http://www.epinet.org/content.cfm/issueguides_livingwage_livingwagefacts

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