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Miramar Sheraton to HERE Local 814: 
"Let Employees Vote Now"; 
One Year Anniversary of Employees' Vote Against Union
SANTA MONICA, Calif- Sept. 9, 1998--Saying that frustrated employees have "waited long enough," Miramar Sheraton Hotel General Manager Bill Worcester has challenged Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) Local 814 to hold an election this Oct. 1, allowing the hotel's employees to vote for a second time on the issue of decertification of the union.

The date marks the one year anniversary of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election in which the Miramar Sheraton's employees voted for decertification of Local 814.

"Sadly, your union continued to refuse to accept the wish of our employees to be free of your union. You filed objections and charges with the NLRB to try to get the election set aside and a new election held," Worcester wrote in a letter to Local 814 President Tom Walsh, which the hotel published this week in the Los Angeles Times.

Since that time, the NLRB has not issued a ruling on the union's objections and the Miramar Sheraton's response. "We say, enough! While we believe strongly that the election should be certified, we feel it is unfair to our employees to keep this matter tied up in government bureaucracy any longer," Worcester's letter stated.

Miramar Sheraton employees filed a petition to decertify Local 814 in May of 1995. After the union fought for two years to block the employees' petition, the NLRB held the election Oct. 1, 1997, at which time hotel employees voted to discontinue union representation. Local 814 immediately challenged the election results, filing objections with the NLRB and requesting a second election. The Miramar Sheraton responded, arguing that the employee vote should stand. The matter has been before the NLRB in Washington, D.C. ever since.

Worcester called on the union to agree to hold the election on Oct. 1. He said the hotel had contacted the NLRB, and been assured by officials that an election could be held in October.

Barnes Clarke Inc. 
Patti Cudney, 
Also See:
Nevada Culinary Union in Debt $1.2 Million; Employee Group Makes Copies of Culinary's Finances Available for Free / Aug 1998 
National Labor Relations Board in Washington Supports New Otani, Los Angeles in Key Decision / June 1998 
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