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HTC Thanks Elected Officials for Their Support

Hotel Voice - July 1, 2018 Share/Save/Bookmark

At the GRIWA celebration held on April 16 in Newark, Union General Counsel and Executive Vice President Richard Maroko thanked many elected officials for their support of the union and of hotel workers in New Jersey. Among those the union thanks are New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney, who is also a Vice President with the Ironworkers Union; Newark City Council President Mildred Crump; Newark City Councilman Anibal Ramos, New Jersey State Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, who is also President of Operating Engineers Local 68 as well as President of the Essex/West Hudson Labor Council; Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop; Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro; Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla; former Speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly Vincent Prieto; Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonneli; Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill.

Besides New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, quite a few other elected officials attended the GRIWA celebration, including those seen here. From left to right are Newark City Council President Mildred Crump, Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill, Town of Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese, NJ State Assemblyman, President of Operating Engineers Local 68 and President of the Essex/West Hudson Labor Council Thomas Giblin and Newark City Councilman Anibal Ramos.

Earlier the union had expressed appreciation to various New York State legislators who have supported HTC in its efforts to organize hotel workers and win good contracts such as the GRIWA in New York City suburbs and New York State’s Capital District.

That support from elected officials has been powerful resource! HTC members will recall that during the drive to win a fair contract at the Albany Hilton more than 100 New York State legislators signed on to the boycott of that property. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan publicly expressed strong support for HTC and for the hotel’s employees. Republican Senator and Majority Leader John Flanagan announced that GOP state senators would not attend events at the hotel until a contract was reached. Some state legislators even visited the picket line! One of them, Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, not only visited the picket line, she brought pizza for the pickets!

New York State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart- Cousins bring her strong support (and pizza!) to the union’s Hilton Albany picket line.

“Our political philosophy is simple,” HTC President Peter Ward said recently. “Our union strongly supports elected officials that support unions and working families. We are very grateful to the elected officials in New York and New Jersey who have supported our efforts to vastly improve the lives of hotel workers outside New York City. We will never forget that support!”

Assemblymember David Weprin bringing his strong support to the union’s Hilton Albany picket line.