Sheraton owner loses case against NLRB

A federal judge has dismissed a petition filed by the owner of the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel asking the judge to intervene against the federal agency that oversees labor disputes.

For more than a year, the Sheraton and the union representing many of the hotel's workers have been embroiled in a dispute over the union workers' work requirements and health insurance benefits.

The hotel's owner, Remington Lodging & Hospitality, wanted the judge to overrule the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that oversees labor disputes, on recent decisions it made in the ongoing labor dispute that have not been favorable to the hotel.

In its petition, Remington accused the NLRB of unfairly siding with the union.

But federal District Judge Tim Burgess signed an order Thursday dismissing Remington's case, saying that he did not have jurisdiction to intervene.

Burgess noted that Remington had another legal option with the NLRB before it filed suit in federal court. The company "simply does not like the required procedure," Burgess wrote.

Anchorage Daily News