UNITE HERE Local 878

UNITE HERE! Local 878 represents about 1,100 workers in the hospitality industries of Alaska. Local 878 members work at many job sites – including hotels, restaurants, food service outlets and laundries. Local 878′s parent union, UNITE HERE!, represents over 250,000 hotel, food service, and gaming workers throughout the US and Canada.

In 2004, our UNITE HERE brothers and sisters created a movement called Hotel Workers Rising!  The goal is to make hotel jobs, good, middle-class jobs.  Because so many of us work for the same big companies, we realized that we should fight for our rights on a larger scale by combining our efforts.  In doing so across state and national borders, we have successfully increased our strength and not only won better working conditions, wages and benefits for ourselves, but also new organizing rights for our non-union workers.

Learn about our current, local struggles in Alaska!

Mission Statement

It is our mission to provide all Hospitality Workers in the great State of Alaska with the opportunity to enjoy all of the benefits of belonging to a Union.  We believe every worker deserves a safe working environment, job security, a living wage, health benefits and a voice on the job. In order to accomplish this, Local 878 intends to:

  1. Organize non-union workers
  2. Negotiate strong union contracts
  3. Empower union members to help lead their union

Office Location and Contact Information:

Physical Address:
530 E. 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 100564 Anchorage, AK 99510

Main Office: (907) 272-6591
Toll Free: (800) 478-4373
Fax: 907-277-8595

Office Hours:
9:00am-4:30pm Mon-Fri

You can receive general information or pay your dues anytime during office hours.

Union representatives are usually in the field advocating for other members, so if you would like to set-up a time to meet with one of them to discuss a grievance or other matter, please call the main office number.

Sheraton continues its anti-union campaign – Alaska Daily News

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.

Ashford/Remington’s assault on Sheraton workers and their union began in late 2009 after the union filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against the Sheraton alleging bad faith bargaining. This first charge marked the beginning of the workers’ efforts to defend themselves against Ashford/Remington’s attempts to break their union and to compromise their job standards. Workers rallied to support each other against intimidation and retaliation and to speak out in opposition to management’s attacks against their union.

As an organized committee of dedicated employee activists grew inside the hotel, the workers’ actions became more visible. They began to conduct protests inside and outside the workplace; they picketed, they rallied, and an overwhelming majority of them signed a petition to declare that they were going to start asking the public to boycott their hotel.

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