The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has sided with union workers at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel in Alaska over a long-running labor dispute involving infringed union members’ rights. The Texas-based management company, Remington Lodging and Hospitality, has been ordered to implement a series of reforms.  The NLRB handed down its decision on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. In its decision, the NLRB upheld the Administrative Judge’s August 2011 findings that the hotel operator failed to recognize UNITE HERE Local 878 and that union members’ rights were infringed upon.  According to union employees for the hotel, management moved to divide employees during an August 2010 protest rally at the hotel. However, Remington Lodging alleged the move was made due to death threats made against the hotel’s GM, Denis Artiles.  In addition, union members claim that management coerced a majority of workers to vote the union out. The claim resulted in a federal injunction against the hotel operator forcing it to restore certain employee benefits, including paid health care and lunch breaks.  Lastly, nine employees were disciplined for submitting a boycott petition to Mr. Artiles. The NLRB criticized Mr. Artiles’ actions citing the discipline was unlawful.  Employment and labor laws are in place for a reason. They exist to protect employees, whether union or not, from unfair labor practices by employers. Any mistake can result in an employment dispute, ultimately resulting in expensive legal fees and settlements.  That is why it is critical that your business complies with all state and federal labor laws and regulations. Our team of labor law attorneys has helped businesses of all sizes comply with all laws and regulations mitigating the possibility of a […]