UNION OFFICERS


Peter Ward, President

President of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO; Business Manager of Hotel, Restaurant & Club Employees and Bartenders Union, Local 6; Recording Secretary of the International Union, UNITE HERE; Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council, and Vice President of the New York State AFL-CIO. He started working for Local 6 in 1979, became a union organizer in 1980, Business Agent in 1981, and Vice President in 1984. In 1985, he was appointed as our union's Director of Organizing. In 1995, he was elected leader (Business Manager) of Local 6, and in 1996, President of the New York Hotel Trades Council. He was chief negotiator for our union in the 2001, 2006, and 2012 negotiations for the Industry-Wide Agreement. As President, he is the chief executive officer of our union.


Michael Goodwin, Secretary Treasurer

Secretary Treasurer of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, President of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) and the Business Manager of Local 153, OPEIU. He began his labor career as a mailroom clerk in 1960. He graduated with a top rank from the Labor Executive Training Program (LETP) in 1967 and was hired as a Local 153 Organizer the same year. He became a Local 153 Business Agent in 1968. In 1977 he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of Local 153. He was elected Local 153 Business Manager in 1994 and elected President of OPEIU the same year. He became Secretary-Treasurer of the Hotel Trades Council in 1994. He serves as a Vice President of the National AFL-CIO. Mr. Goodwin is a 1995 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and currently serves as a Director of the Union Privilege Program. He is also President of the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark.


Chris Cusack, Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and President of Local 43 of the United Steelworkers of America (one of the Hotel Trades Council's affiliated local unions). Mr. Cusack started out in the union in 1980, as a waiter at the Inter-Continental Hotel. He was elected by his co-workers to serve as Union Delegate, and later, Union Shop Chairperson. He became an organizer for the Hotel Trades Council in 1988. Shortly after that he was appointed to serve as a field representative for Local 6. Currently, he serves as a Regional Director for the Hotel Trades Council supervising contract enforcement.


Kuba Brown, Recording Secretary

Recording Secretary of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and the Business Manager and President of the International Union of Operating Engineers (I.U.O.E.) Local 94, 94A and 94B. He began his career in Local 94 in 1971 and became an engineer at 1301 Sixth Avenue in 1972. He was an Assistant Chief at 112 West 34th Street from 1974 to 1979 and the Chief Engineer of 630 Third Avenue from 1979 to 1985. Kuba Brown became a Local 94 Business Agent for Lower Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn and Staten Island in 1985. He became Assistant Business Manager and Vice President of Local 94 in 1994 and served in those capacities until 2004, when he became Business Manager and President. He became Recording Secretary of the Hotel Trades Council in 2004. He holds a New York City Refrigeration License, E.P.A. Refrigeration Handlers License, Hazmat Certificate, Homeland Security Certification, New York City Fire Safety Directors License and various other City licenses. He has taken courses in Labor studies for Arbitration and Negotiations and Labor Law.


Jim Donovan, General Organizer

General Organizer of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and President of Local 6, UNITE HERE. He became a member of the New York Hotel Trades Council in 1980, as a waiter at the Carlyle Hotel. He was elected Assistant Delegate and then Delegate, in his department, and later as Union Shop Chairperson for the whole hotel. After the New York City Hotel Strike of 1985, Jim joined the union's staff as an organizer. He has been elected and appointed to various union offices, including Local 6 Business Agent, NYHTC Regional Director and NYHTC Director of Organizing. Currently, as General Organizer, he is responsible for managing the union's internal and external organizing program.


Rich Maroko, Vice President

Vice President and General Counsel of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO and General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Local 6, UNITE HERE. Mr. Maroko practiced labor and employment law in New Jersey and New York before coming to the Hotel Trades Council in 2002 as the Council's in-house lawyer, where he created and manages the legal department. He graduated Phi Betta Kappa from the State University of New Jersey – Rutgers, earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and later earned a Masters in Labor and Employment Law with distinction from Georgetown University. He is an adjunct professor of Labor and Employment Law at CUNY and is widely published in his field. He has fought cases in front of state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, and the Division of Human Rights. In 2009 he was elected Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council. Mr. Maroko has distinguished himself as a fierce negotiator and advocate for workers.


Vanessa Meade, Vice President

Vice President of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 6, UNITE HERE. She began working as a room attendant at the Vista Hotel in 1982. She was soon elected as a Union delegate by the co-workers in her department. When a terrorist bomb at the World Trade Center destroyed part of the Vista Hotel in 1993, she went to the union's headquarters to help find jobs for her coworkers. She became a Business Agent in 1994, a Vice President of Local 6 in 1997 and Executive Vice President in 2003. Currently, she serves as a Regional Director for the Hotel Trades Council supervising contract enforcement.


George Padilla, Vice President

Vice President of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO. He came to the Hotel Trades Council's building operations department in 1997 and became involved in organizing a short time after that. He became a Local 6 Business Agent in 2004, while continuing to be involved in organizing. In 2007 Mr. Padilla was named a Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council, a position to which he was reelected in 2008. He distinguished himself by leading activities surrounding the 2006 merger of over 1000 Division A members into the Hotel Trades Council.


Lance Van Arsdale, Vice President

Vice President of the New York Hotel Trades Council and an Assistant Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3. He has been a member of Local 3 since 1975 and is a graduate of the Labor College (1985) with a Bachelor of Sciences. Mr. Van Arsdale has had great success as an organizer. He has spearheaded successful organizing drives of cable TV employees New Jersey and Staten Island. He has also negotiated more than 270 different IBEW collective bargaining agreements. He was appointed Assistant Business Manager of Local 3's 9000-member Maintenance Department in 2006 and elected Executive Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council in 2008.


Declan Tracey, Vice President

Vice President of the Hotel Trades Council and President of Hotel Maintenance Painters Union Local 1422, Declan Tracey is an experienced organizer. An immigrant from Ireland, Tracey came to the attention of the Hotel Trades Council when he was a team leader in the Engineering Department of the Ace Hotel. Active in the organizing drive at the Ace, Tracey’s abilities led to his hiring by the Council in 2012. He was elected President of Local 1422 in 2013.


 


Delegates to the Enlarged Council

Curtis Andrews Francisco Avalos Miguel Castañeda
Eddie Cedeño Kelly Drummond Chris Erikson
Desiree Fraser Hazel Hazzard Kazi M. Hossain
Doren James Richard Lanigan Robert Martinez
Larry McNeil Steve Miller Gladys Natal
Marie Richard Jim Robson John Ruben
Rolando Ruiz Julia Rybak Harry Rygor
Judith Seemungal Randy Sullivan Billy St. Pierre
John Turchiano Ha Chhao Yi