Will the NEA let me attend my convention?

Sitting-in at the Chicago Hyatt Regency where the Illinois Caucus will be housed.

I’m not trying to say it was just me.

But I raised a big stink about the IEA RA being held at the Hyatt O’Hare in Rosemont. The hotel workers represented by Unite Here have been in a contract dispute with a number of big Chicago hotel chains, including the Hyatt. The Hyatt O’Hare is owned, not just managed, by influential Democratic Party supporters, the Pritzker family.

After a year of complaining, the IEA finally rescheduled the RA for the Rosemont Convention Center and cut it by two days: March 11 and 12.

This act of labor solidarity reduces the number of hotel rooms available. But many of us who live in the Chicago area don’t need a hotel room. I’ll commute from home.

I plan to run as a delegate for the NEA RA which will be held in Chicago this July. It would be my last RA before I retire.

When I looked at the hotel assignments, the Illinois delegation is scheduled for the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago.

The Hyatt Regency is ground zero for the union’s activities. Many of my friends have been arrested in acts of civil disobedience in front of that hotel for supporting the hotel workers.

If I am elected as a delegate I was planning on commuting to the RA at McCormick Place from home. But the state caucus meetings will be at the Hyatt Regency.

If that is true, I can’t go.

Will the NEA let me attend my convention if I’m elected?

I sent an email to the NEA a week ago. I’ve heard nothing in response.

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