According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Citing Labor Unrest, Sociologists Move 2006 Meeting from San Francisco to Montreal (free subscription req'd):
away from San Francisco because of the simmering labor dispute involving
that city's hotel workers. The American Sociological Association's
executive officer, Sally Hillsman, said on Tuesday that it was "99.9
percent certain" that the group's 2006 meeting will be moved from San
Francisco to Montreal...
The sociologists are at least the fourth major group of scholars to
abandon San Francisco because of the conflict. Last fall, the American
Anthropological Association moved its annual meeting to Atlanta at the
eleventh hour. This past spring, the meeting of the Organization of
American Historians jumped from San Francisco to San Jose, Calif. And
earlier this month, the American Political Science Association announced
that its 2006 meeting would move from San Francisco to Philadelphia.
The Unite Here Union strikes again, or at least, that's the fear. This is sad, especially since the association already moved its meeting once due to union issues. Please work something out here, folks. San Francisco is too great a meeting city to lose these conferences.