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ASTA issues statement regarding labor disputes

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) issued the following statement regarding labor disputes in some U.S. cities. The statement is similar to one issued on February 17 by Meeting Professionals International

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) issued the following statement regarding labor disputes in some U.S. cities. The statement is similar to one issued on February 17 by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leadership and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).



Meetings and conventions are a multi-billion-dollar industry worldwide, said Kathryn W. Sudeikis, CTC, ASTA president and CEO. They generate millions of jobs and a positive economic impact throughout the United States. ASTA is concerned with the current labor disputes affecting hotels and their union employees in some U.S. cities. We encourage both sides to negotiate in good faith to reach agreements that are most appropriate for each city in order to maintain a healthy meetings industry. We support local negotiations that attempt to maintain the industry`s workers` good wages and benefits and to provide for the economic viability of hotels.



We do not condone the tactics being used by the UNITE HERE (Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees) union that involve contacting meeting planners directly and asking them to boycott particular hotels either involved in ongoing labor negotiations or not at all involved but affiliated with certain major chains. As an association that sponsors a number of meetings, ASTA condemns any effort to cause widespread disruption of the meetings business. It may cause great injury to the economic stability of the targeted cities as well as the economic livelihood of the hotel employees at the targeted properties,
she added.

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