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HTC Wins a Contract at the Residence Inn World Trade Center Hotel

Hotel Voice - October 23, 2018 Share/Save/Bookmark

HTC has won a contract for the 22 employees of the Residence Inn World Trade Center, which is managed by Highgate Hotels. The employees, many of whom were sent to the union through the Newark Workforce Development Board (NWDB), unanimously ratified the contract on October 10, 2018. 

HTC Executive Vice President and General Counsel Richard Maroko, who negotiated the contract, stated, “Special thanks to the Mayor of Newark, Ras J. Baraka, and the Newark Workforce Development Board. HTC looks forward to a continued partnership with Mayor Baraka to provide good-paying union jobs to the residents of Newark.”

Under the union contract, the employees will see their wages immediately increase by an average of $5.13 an hour, or 26%, and will now receive free family healthcare and a pension. They also now have the job protections that only a union contract can provide, including scheduling rights, protections against changes in ownership or management, overtime rights that far surpass the rights provided by the law and others.

Maroko continued, “It was really inspiring to see these new union members so eager to volunteer and to pay it forward to their HTC brothers and sisters. Union density and solidarity are the keys to union strength, and this group is a great example of such solidarity.”


HTC Executive Vice President and General Counsel Richard Maroko answering questions about the Residence Inn World Trade Center contract.



Residence Inn World Trade Center employees celebrating the ratification of their first contract with Assistant Director of Organizing Samantha Coughlin and HTC Grievance Manager Joe Messineo.