|[February 07, 2013]
Federal labor law complaint authorized against Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers' hotel, UNITE HERE reports
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
The National Labor Relations Board General Counsel has decided to
authorize a complaint against the management of the Embassy Suites
Irvine for an onslaught of threats and disciplines issued to workers.
The NLRB's investigation into worker complaints alleges that the
following actions by hotel management violated federal labor law:
ALL of the threats of discipline or termination by supervisors
against workers for wearing union buttons.
ALL of the more than 40 disciplines issued to workers for
wearing union buttons.
ALL of the disciplines against "employees for participating in a
Hotel management "engaged in unlawful surveillance of employees."
The hotel's General Manager "implicitly promised to resolve
grievances/complains and also implicitly promised a potential
promotion for the employees as a means to discourage support for the
Illegal provisions in employee handbook related to assigned work
areas, work rules & performance standards, confidentiality, name
badge, media contact and use of facilities.
Under Cornerstone's watch, this is the second hotel management
company in two years that has been in legal trouble over worker abuse.
Earlier, a separate complaint was issued by the NLRB General
Counsel for the retaliatory firing of a front desk worker from the
Embassy Suites Irvine, under previous management.
On top of that, the Embassy Suites Irvine had previously been
found in violation of state labor law, under previous management, and
was held liable or settled claims for nearly $100,000.
Cornerstone is a real estate investment firm whose client base is
comprised primarily of public pension funds. Cornerstone owns the
Embassy Suites through its CHIEF II fund, in which the Los Angeles
County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) is a major investor.
LACERA has summoned Cornerstone twice to respond to fiduciary
concerns about its handling of the labor dispute at the Embassy Suites
that has involved legal charges on top of a costly boycott and frequent
UNITE HERE represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who
work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile,
distribution, laundry, and airport industries. UNITE HERE
affiliates hold over $4 billion in financial assets contained in
jointly-trusteed pension plans.
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