In 2006, Texas-based Ashford Hospitality acquired the 370-room downtown Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. Ashford has paired up with its hotel management company, Remington Hospitality Services, to carry out a brutal anti-union campaign that is singularly out of step with the history of cooperation between the hotel owners and workers who have built our successful tourism industry in Alaska.
Since 2009, Sheraton workers have been struggling to protect their benefits, their working conditions and their union from the employer’s egregious assaults. To date, this high-profile labor dispute has been marked by the filing of over 40 unfair labor practice charges, two lengthy National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearings against Ashford TRS Nickel LLC (the actual owner of the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa), two meritless federal lawsuits filed by the hotel (one against the Union, one against the NLRB itself), an ongoing boycott, frequent picket lines and an overwhelming amount of Anchorage community support.
In the most recent ruling, Judge John J. McCarrick found that Remington Lodging & Hospitality (“Remington”), the Texas-based corporation that operates the Sheraton Hotel, unlawfully (1) interrogated and surveilled its employees, (2) threatened to call the police on its own employees if they exercised their rights, (3) disciplined numerous employees for exercising their rights, including unlawfully firing three employees in retaliation for their having supported of Local 878, (4) maintained and enforced unlawful policies restricting worker rights, (5) banned union representatives from its property, and (6) unilaterally implemented numerous changed policies without first bargaining about those changes with the Union, among many other violations of the law.
While workers are pleased with this latest court ruling in their favor, they want to remind the public that their struggle is not over and that they continue to ask the community to boycott the Sheraton Hotel until the dispute is resolved
VIOLATORS OF THE SHERATON WORKERS BOYCOTT
ALASKANS HURTING ALASKANS
Afognak Native Corporation
Alaska Administrator Coaching Project
Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals
Alaska Broadcasters Association
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Alaska Family Child Care Association
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
Alaska Medical Group Management Association
Alaska Miners Association
Alaska Peer Support Consortium
Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation
Alaska Regional Hospital
Alaska State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management
Alaska Telephone Association
Alaska Travel Industry Association
Alaska Tribal Technical Working Group
Alaska UAS Interest Group
Alaska Village Initiatives
Aluetian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc
Anchorage Concert Chorus
Friends of NRA – Alaska
Hospice of Anchorage
Lutheran Social Services of Alaska
Premier Alaska Tours
The Anchorage Robert Burns Appreciation Society
United Church of God Anchorage
World Trade Center Alaska
Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association
“OUTSIDERS HURTING ALASKANS”
American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
American Astronomical Society
Bass Pro Shops – Alaska Outpost Store
Best Western International, Inc.
BP Exlporation, Alaska
Health Care Compliance Association
International Association of Railway Operating Officers Inc.
International Shotokan Karate Federation, Alaska Region
International Society of Automation
International Society of Offshore & Polar Engineers
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated
Lavish Lashes LLC
National Fire Protection Association
Norwegian Cruise Line
US Association for Energy Economics & International Association for Energy Economics
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 17th District
WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOUR GROUP IS VIOLATING THE BOYCOTT?
- Do not attend the event. We invite you to sign a boycott pledge (http://www.unitehere878.org/boycott-advisory/support-the-boycotts/)
- Inform Board and Committee members for your group, let them know why you are not attending.
- Let other members/attendees of your event know about the boycott. Share your vow to honor the boycott, Alaska workers and Alaska Job Standards, invite them to as well.
- Encourage your affiliated group to move their scheduled event in honor of the workers’ boycott and to not return to this hotel until the boycott is over.
- Share your pledge to honor the boycott and demand they treat Alaska’s workers with dignity and respect by resolving with them a fair contract. Write and/or call:
General Manager Jon Kranock
Anchorage, AK 99501
Ashford Hospitality Trust
President and CEO Monty J. Bennett
14185 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1100
Dallas, TX 72254
Remington Hospitality Services
Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.