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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button. The deadline to vote is May 31st at 5pm ET.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Committee on Labor Relations Undesignated Seat #2: Michael Duke and Lavanya Proctor.

Committee member responsibilities include:

• To provide the AAA Executive Board and AAA Meetings Department information about labor conditions relevant to the EB’s decisions about the scheduling of AAA annual meetings at the earliest possible stage of decision-making.
• To provide the AAA Executive Board information about labor conditions relevant to other EB decisions in regard to vendors and subcontractors, to the extent that it is feasible to do so.
• To seek information exchanges with other scholarly associations in regard to the above.
• To communicate regularly with the leadership of the EB, ACC, and AOC regarding significant issues relevant to the CLR’s charge.
• To provide the AAA membership with information about labor conditions relevant to anthropologists through such means as panels, meetings, and articles in the Anthropology Newsletter.
• When appropriate to provide the EB with information about labor conditions relevant to the employment of anthropologists and to advise them about possible positions and actions they might consider with respect to that information.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on Labor Relations.

Michael Duke

Duke_MichaelAcross North America, workers and their families face stagnant wages, exploitative and unsafe working conditions, discrimination, and challenges to their right to organize. Workers in the hospitality industry are particularly vulnerable to these abusive labor practices. If elected to the Committee on Labor Relations, I will work tirelessly to ensure that the treatment of workers continues to play a central role in AAA’s event planning and purchasing decisions, and in the administration of the organization itself. Likewise, given the number of anthropologists employed as adjuncts, I will advocate for enhancing the Committee’s collaborative efforts with the Coalition on the Academic Workforce, in order to address the labor conditions of contingent faculty. Finally, in light of the critical mass of anthropologists working outside of academia, I will propose that a survey be developed to inform the AAA leadership about these members’ unique labor issues and concerns. I thank you for your support.

Lavanya Proctor

Proctor_LavanyaMy interests lie in the relationship between privileged forms of knowledge or statuses and access to socioeconomic opportunities, and in how this relationship perpetuates social inequalities. In today’s anthropological world, these inequities are reflected in the differences in the work situations between tenure-line and contingent faculty. These differences, in turn, profoundly affect the personal and professional lives of adjunct and contingent faculty. I am an active advocate, online and offline, for anthropology contingent faculty. I believe that the AAA’s efforts toward equity in labor issues must focus more on our own community, and I have been working with AAA leadership to address these issues. As a 2013 AAA Leadership Fellow, I gained insight into the workings of AAA governance. This fellowship also gave me the opportunity to advocate for contingent anthropologists at the 2013 meetings. If given the opportunity, I would like to be able to continue this advocacy more effectively from within the AAA leadership.

Log-in to AnthroGateway to vote today!

Know Before You Vote – Resolution on Contingent and Part-Time Academic Labor

A special message from AAA Secretary, Dr. Margaret Buckner:

At the November 2013 business meeting in Chicago, the Committee on Labor Relations submitted a resolution on contingent and part-time academic labor.  Though it was unanimously approved, there wasn’t a quorum at the meeting, so, in accordance with AAA bylaws, the resolution went to the Executive Board.  The EB in turn agreed to place the resolution on this year’s ballot for a vote of the full membership.  This blog is an opportunity for AAA members to speak for or against the resolution before the elections, which open on April 15.

View and leave your comments of the Resolution today. The Resolution will be available for comment until March 31st.

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