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.
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.
- Join FairHotel as a partner learn more here.
- 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:
401 East 6th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Ashford Hospitality Trust
14185 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1100
Dallas, TX 72254
Remington Hospitality Services
Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.