Affordable Health Insurance at Risk for Sheraton Workers
Affordable health benefits for employees is just one of the downgrades that Remington Lodging and Hospitality, who run the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, have tried to pull off, says Union Organizer Matt Fennel. Remington is trying to “stay” a judges order that sided with workers. To “stay” the judge’s order means to put that judge’s order on hold.
It is extremely unlikely that the stay will be granted, the judge was very definitive on the ruling, Union Organizer, Matt Fennel says. “In general, the hotel management is trying to undermine employee union benefits.” Those benefits mentioned by Fennel have to do with housekeeping standards like dangerous work loads and getting rid of the affordable health benefits for employees.
The same company has had issues in both Florida and Indiana regarding employee labor issues. Alaskan Legislators have called upon the management to ” respect Alaskan workers and obey the rule of federal law,” they say in support of District Judge Timothy Burgess’ February 2nd order granting a preliminary injunction against Remington Lodging and Hospitality. Five State of Alaska Senators and six House of Representative Members signed a letter to the Texas company.
“This injunction will provide immediate meaningful relief to Alaskan workers employed by the Sheraton Hotel from their employer’s interference with their self-organization, collective bargaining rights, and labor union; their employer’s discrimination against employees in the terms and conditions of their employment; and more,” says a recent press release on behalf of the legislators.
The legislators who signed the letter were Senators Davis, Egan, Ellis, French and Wielechowski, and House Members Kawasaki, Miller, Tuck, Guttenberg, Holmes and Gara.
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