Boycott, Protests Continue Outside of Hilton Anchorage

Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Hilton Anchorage hotel employees marched in Anchorage Thursday in front of one of the city’s landmark high rise buildings.

Matthew Fennel led the 40 or so disgruntled employees of the hotel in an orderly sidewalk parade, despite blustery weather.

Fennel is an organizer and staffer for Unite Here, the union which represents Hilton employees of all kinds: kitchen, servers, and housekeepers.

The protests have been happening once a week for the past couple of years. Fennel, waving a Boycott Hilton sign, says they will continue indefinitely.

Local Hilton Anchorage management would not comment on the protests. The hotel is owned and operated by Kentucky- based Columbia Sussex Corporation, which could not be reached for comment Friday.

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