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Westin Strike Ends

Tuesday, November 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
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November 13, 2018

Westin Strike Ends

On Sunday, November 11th, striking workers at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp hotel voted to ratify a new contract thereby ending a 35-day strike. ASTR’s Executive Committee and the 2018 Program Chairs knew this was a possibility when we decided last week to cancel our contract with the Westin and cancel the 2018 annual conference. While we obviously wish this resolution had happened sooner, we believe cancelling was the right decision given the circumstances and facts at hand. Moreover, according to a union representative, standing beside workers by cancelling a hotel contract as we did makes a considerable difference to the union’s ability to negotiate for better wages, benefits, working conditions, and job security. You can read more about the specifics of the strike and final contract here: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/sd-fi-westin-hotel-strike-ends-20181111-story.html.

We are disappointed that the programming Kirsten Pullen, Christin Essin, and Chase Bringardner curated into Arousal: Theatre, Performance, Embodiment will not happen as originally planned. However, the many members and exhibitors who have expressed their support for our decision to cancel and, thus, their fervent support for fair labor, have made this decision a little bit easier. The 2018 Program Chairs and EC thank you for that support.

We will see some of you at Forum 2018 (La Jolla) this weekend and hopefully many, many more of you next November at ASTR’s 2019 conference.

Jill Stevenson
VP for Conferences


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