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Exceptions Brief – PDF

On August 25, 2011, the administrative law judge (ALJ) assigned to hear evidence in the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) hearing between the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa (“Hotel”) and its former union has issued his “recommendations” for a decision that will be made by the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. Hearings were held between August 2010 and January 2011.

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This is a copy of an October 2010 survey of more than 700 private and government union employees.

Union Member Survey – Nov 2010

Memo in Support of Writ

Petition for Writ of Mandate

 Anchorage – The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa (the “Hotel”) has asked a federal court judge to compel the National Labor Relations Board (the NLRB”) to do its job and fairly investigate the labor dispute between the Hotel and Local 878 Unite HERE (the “Union”).

The petition, filed in federal district court in Anchorage on September 23rd, describes what the Hotel believes is unfair treatment by the NLRB, as well as favoritism shown by the NLRB to the Union.  The Hotel cites the fact that all of the Union’s charges against the Hotel have been expeditiously investigated and sent to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge while the Hotel’s charges against the Union have been dropped, suspended or kept under investigation for months on end.

“The rights of the Hotel are being damaged by the Board’s one-sided investigations,” said Mary Villarreal, spokesperson for the Hotel’s management company.  “We simply want a fair investigation and a fair hearing.”

The Hotel’s lawsuit asks the federal Judge to order the Regional Director of the NLRB in Seattle to investigate the Hotel’s charges against the Union, drop charges that have already been resolved, and hold a free and fair election among the employees to determine if they want to be represented by a Union, or not.

On October 21st, the Hotel will argue to federal district court Judge Timothy Burgess that the Board could easily avoid the scheduled ten-week long hearings now being held about the Union’s allegations by simply giving the Hotel associates a chance to vote on whether they want to have a Union at all.

“A majority of the Hotel associates have signed a petition stating that they no longer want to be represented by the Union,” said Villarreal.  “It is the associates who have a right to choose in this matter—not management and not the Union.  Let’s listen to what they want.”

Anchorage – The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa (the “Hotel”) has filed a lawsuit against Unite HERE, Local 878 (the “Union”). The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Anchorage on September 23rd, seeks damages against the Union for interfering with the Hotel’s existing and prospective business relations and for defamation.  In the filing, the Hotel documents the loss of more than $600,000 in revenue from groups cancelling meetings due to the Union’s alleged unlawful conduct.

“It is sad and unfortunate that the Union takes actions that are so clearly detrimental to the very workers they claim to represent,“ said Mary Villarreal, spokesperson for the Hotel’s management company.

“We believe the Union went well beyond a typical boycott by harassing and intimidating scheduled guests of the Hotel,” further commented Villarreal.  “We intend to hold the Union accountable for the business the Hotel has lost.“