Yesterday, members of UNITE HERE Local 878 staged a rally in front of the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska demanding that management officials renegotiate their current labor agreement. Approximately 150 protesters chanted while walking around the hotel during business hours.
Trouble began in 2008, when management and union officials began, but did not finish, contract negotiations. After the negotiations broke down, union members allege that management officials engaged in a widespread anti-union campaign that cut working hours and threatened employee benefits.
This dispute is seemingly far from over. Last year alone, UNITE HERE filed over 40 unfair labor practice charges against the hotel with the National Labor Relations Board. Now, union members are asking the public to boycott the hotel until a new contract is finalized.