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October 19, 2017IM -
Bill Rosario, a longtime engineer of an Anchorage Hilton hotel claims he was unjustly fired for showing photos of hotel room mold to his union. Though the hotel general manager claims that he was terminated due to “serious and demonstrable misconduct,” it is suspicious that the firing came one day before the Anchorage Assembly passed new protections for whistleblowers reporting mold in public buildings like hotels.
“I’m very worried when I hear that somebody giving a complaint of a potential health risk and they get fired for it,” says Assembly member Eric Croft who introduced the ordinance. The union, UNITE-HERE! Local 878, has already initiated a legal proceeding with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).