Jose Garcia (Hilton Short Hills), Ricky Gregory (Hyatt House Parsippany East), and Alfonso Almanzar (Sheraton Edison Raritan Center) pose with Sayreville, NJ mayoral candidate Bill Henry while canvassing.

Hotel Voice, Fall 2023

Political wins

Nearly 500 Union members got out the vote for pro-worker candidates this fall:

  • We held 46 events in New York and New Jersey
  • Members knocked on over 5,500 doors
  • We brought home 16 victories for Union-backed candidates 

Member services

  • Starting January 1, 2024, members covered by the Greater Regional Industry Wide Agreement (GRIWA) can access the Union’s Pre-Paid Legal Fund. See here for information on how to access these services.
  • Expanded Health Center Hours! Starting in January, the new Health Center hours of operation will be 8am - 6pm at all four Health Centers as well as 14 Penn Plaza
Isreal Scott (Millenium Broadway and New York Hilton) with his daughter and godchildren at the children's party
  • Jingle bells rang through the Union office on Saturday, December 9th, as members and their families celebrated at the Union’s annual Children’s Holiday Party. The children enjoyed face painting, balloon animals, crafts, a visit from Santa Claus, and presents wrapped specially for them by elves in the North Pole Toymaker’s Union.
  • Early this Fall, we launched the Protect our Union’s Power Training, which walks members through the biggest threats the Union is currently facing and our strategy to defend and build our power. Over 200 members attended the first few PUP sessions. Join us for the next one!

Recent Contract Wins

Alex Alvarado and Francisco Ballinas, Night Cleaners, Park Hyatt

Renewal Contracts

  • Chelsea Hotel
  • NYRA
  • Sonesta Nanuet
  • University Club
  • Metropolitan Club

Newly Organized

  • Hyatt Place Albany
  • Park Hyatt Night Cleaners
  • Be Home by LuxUrban
  • Ritz Carlton Central Park Front Desk
  • Ritz Carlton Central Park Residential Concierge
Lester Omali Walcott, Engineer, Chelsea Hotel

First Contracts:

September 20 Fairfield Inn Fresh Meadows

September 20 Courtyard Fresh Meadows

September 29 Central at 5th by Hilton Club

October 4 Renaissance Meadowlands

October 26 Executive Hotel Le Soleil

The ratification for Front Office Workers at the Executive Hotel Le Soleil marked the end of their two-year effort to join our Union. Tears were shed as HTC President Rich Maroko and General Counsel Amy Bokerman went over the new agreement.

Legal Victories

    • In October, the Union won a 115% penalty (totaling $1.3 million) for workers at five Manhattan hotels managed by LuxUrban after the company failed to pay members on time on multiple occasions. The penalty was split by over 300 members at the Herald, Hotel 57, the Blakely, the Tuscany, and the Washington.

    HTC in the News

    City Journal Expensive Visits

    Of the roughly 130,000 rooms in New York City, more than 54,000 were built between 2007 and 2019. Most of these newer units are in non-unionized, limited-service facilities. Supply expanded during this period largely because hotel construction occurred as-of-right: developers could establish hotels in any commercial or manufacturing zone.

    For the Hotel Trades Council (HTC), the union that rep- resents more than 35,000 workers in New York and New Jersey, these new nonunion hotels threatened to outcompete union shops. Its members had previously enjoyed a near-monopoly on hotels, most of which were full-service providers. And then came home-sharing, drawing the union into a multimillion-dollar, decade-long war that ultimately culminated in its greatest victory: Local Law 18.

    Given these issues, it’s little wonder that the HTC is one of the most powerful and aggressive political players in the city and state. 

    Industry News 

    NBC News Outcome of Hollywood actors’ contract vote could be close amid criticism over parts of deal

    Members of the SAG-AFTRA union, which represents more than 150,000 film and television performers, have been voting on the tentative deal over the last several weeks [...] the culmination of a historic 118-day strike that brought Hollywood to a virtual standstill earlier this year, snarling productions of everything from blockbuster movies to network series and streaming shows.

    [...] ‘Is it perfect? No. But it is groundbreaking, and it’s a deal that achieves what our members need us to achieve with very significant increases in economics, more than the last three negotiations combined and something to build upon with AI,’ [SAG-AFTRA’s chief negotiator, Duncan] Crabtree-Ireland said.

    Salamanca Press Hochul, Seneca president agree to extend gaming compact

    Gov. Kathy Hochul and Seneca Nation of Indians President Rickey L. Armstrong Sr. met Friday in Buffalo and signed an extension of the current gaming compact between New York and the Nation, which expires Dec. 9. [...]

    ‘This short-term extension will provide additional time for our governments to complete compact negotiations and to seek all necessary approvals in accordance with Seneca Nation, New York state and federal law,’ the Seneca president said. ‘Under the extension, our three gaming properties will continue to operate without interruption, alleviating any concerns about potential impacts for our thousands of casino employees, which was a priority for the Nation.'

    In June, the state and Seneca Nation announced that a preliminary compact agreement had been reached — with one of the provisions reported to be a new Seneca-owned casino in Monroe County. Lawmakers representing the Rochester area cried foul, claiming that a casino had been planned for the city of Rochester and they knew nothing of the Seneca-related plan.

    The outcry from the Rochester area put a hold on the tentative agreement between the Senecas and the state.

    State of the Union Movement

    Casino workers reach contracts in Las Vegas, Detroit 

    Las Vegas:

    Hotel and casino workers in Las Vegas narrowly avoided what would have been their first strike in more than 20 years. Hours before the strike deadline, their union leadership reached a tentative five-year deal that included guaranteed daily room cleaning, panic buttons for front-of-house workers, new language around the introduction of new technology and artificial intelligence, and increases to wages, retirement, and healthcare benefits. 


    In October, nearly 4,000 workers went on strike at Detroit’s three casinos. After 32 days on strike, their union reached a five-year deal with immediate and annual raises, no increase to member healthcare costs, more funding toward retirement benefits, and stronger protections on the job. HTC HEAT Organizer Tyrone Connell flew out to Detroit for four days to help run the picket line.

    Tyrone Connell with casino workers on the picket line in Detroit.