Getting Results – Affirming a hospitality industry employer’s rights

Our client The Hotel Group (THG) wished to hire the workforce of their choice following the renovation of their recently purchased Connecticut property, rather than rehire the unionized workers who worked at the property prior to its purchase and renovation. The union filed a complaint with the NLRB, charging our client with unfair labor practices. The union garnered local political and public relations support for their position, even though our client was acting within its legal rights and offered to let the former employees apply for new positions. After a yearlong consideration, the NLRB accepted our position and determined that, because THG was not a “successor” to the former owner of the hotel, it did not have to re-hire the employees that were in place when it purchased the property.