SOURCE: Illinois Education Association

Illinois Education Association

November 08, 2010 13:31 ET

Illinois Education Association Will Move Meeting to Support Hotel Workers

SPRINGFIELD, IL--(Marketwire - November 8, 2010) -  The governing board for the state's largest education employees union has voted to move its annual meeting, involving more than 1,200 delegates, in a show of support for workers involved in a labor dispute with Hyatt Hotels. 

The Illinois Education Association (IEA) Board of Directors unanimously voted to move its Representative Assembly from the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, where it has been held since the 1990's. The move is being made because Hyatt is involved in a longstanding national labor dispute with UNITE HERE, the union representing hotel workers. 

Saturday's IEA Board vote approved IEA President Ken Swanson's recommendation that the meeting be moved from the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.

"We felt it was absolutely necessary to support our union brethren in this dispute, regardless of whatever significant additional costs or changes in the meeting schedule that come as a result," Swanson said.

Swanson said he will formally inform UNITE HERE of the board's action via a letter that will re-state IEA's support for the workers involved in the dispute with Hyatt. Previously, Swanson had verbally assured the UNITE HERE's leadership that the education employees support their efforts, though no formal action could be taken until the IEA Board met over the weekend.

"Organized labor stood together in the recent election and will we need to stand together going forward. Regardless of the monetary costs or inconveniences this decision generates, we intend to seize opportunities to support each other and advance our common interests," Swanson added.

The search, which began weeks ago, for a new meeting site for the 2011 IEA Representative Assembly, is continuing. IEA will have an announcement of the changes as soon as IEA leadership has voted on the new plan. Currently, the meeting is scheduled to take place from March 10-12, 2011.

More information on the Illinois Education Association-NEA can be found at

Information on UNITE HERE is available at

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