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& Resorts Issues Statement in Response to Inaccurate Reports
January 7, 2011 - The following statement is issued in response to inaccurate reports in the media regarding an investor in HEI Hotels & Resorts:
Late last week, there was an inaccurate report in the media stating that an investor in HEI Hotels & Resorts would cease investing in HEI due to an alleged issue with our employment procedures. In actuality, and contrary to the report, none of our investors have approached us seeking to change the status of their investments or to inform us they will no longer invest in our funds.
With respect to employment practices, HEI recognizes that our employees are our greatest attribute. As measured by independent third party surveys, HEI has an employee satisfaction rating of 90 percent, one of the highest in the industry.
Protecting the rights of our employees is central to our values. We will continue to do everything within our power to ensure that the rights and choices of our employees are fully respected. We emphasize that HEI has never been found in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
What we typically have found, however, is that multiple false accusations are being made by certain union organizers as part of a larger publicity campaign to unionize our employees. These organizers seek to have our employees unionize by methods which run counter to election procedures legislated by the United States Congress--procedures which would take away the fundamental democratic right of our employees to vote on union representation within the context of a secret ballot, confidential election.
Consistent with the National Labor Relations Board processes and the law, we support confidential and independent election procedures to determine union representation. We are not at all anti-union. However, we believe that no owner, investor, manager or union may take away the right of all employees to participate in a confidential and independent election.
Senior Vice President
Daly Gray Public Relations
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