The conference hotel for the 2005 OAH Annual Meeting in San Francisco is engaged in labor negotiations involving the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE, and an association of hotels across the city. On January 23, 2005, a sixty-day cooling off period ordered by the mayor of San Francisco came to an end with no clear resolution of differences. The union has launched a boycott of our scheduled conference hotel. While the sides might come to agreement in a timely manner, OAH must be prepared in case they do not.
To ensure the conference takes place as scheduled, OAH staff and volunteers are arranging an alternative meeting site in nearby San Jose at its convention center, should we not meet in San Francisco. We are committed to the Bay Area, for the originally scheduled dates of March 31-April 3, because the sessions and other activities of our upcoming conference are closely integrated with the historical and cultural sites of the region. Ten afternoon sessions on Friday, for example, will take place at offsite locations, such as Mission Dolores, the Presidio, Alcatraz, and the Chinese Historical Society.
We encourage you to preregister.
(https://www.oah.org/meetings/2005/prereg/) Final information about the convention location will be available in mid-February on the OAH web site.
We want to reiterate that the 2005 OAH Annual Meeting will take place in the Bay Area, March 31-April 3. Shuttle service and public transportation connect the San Francisco International Airport to both San Francisco and San Jose.
OAH has a policy of union preference in negotiating hotel and service contracts for its annual meetings. We look forward to a resolution of differences between the union and hotel in San Francisco.
The 2005 Annual Meeting Program Committee and the 2005 Convention and Local Resource Committee have created an innovative convention anchored in the Bay Area that will stimulate and provoke discussions on the theme, "Historians and their Publics." You will not want to miss it.
Look for the program in your mailbox soon or view it online today at http://www.oah.org/meetings/2005/program/index.html
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