Latest Updates on the Coronavirus Situation

HTC Negotiates New Coronavirus Safety Protocol!

July 6, 2021 5:23 PM

On June 28, 2021, our Union negotiated a new Coronavirus Safety Protocol (“CSP”) agreement with the Hotel Association amidst the gradual reopening of Union hotels.

The agreement maintains most of the safety protections from prior CSP agreements, and adds critical new safeguards to protect against airborne transmission of the virus. The CSP goes a step further to address job security by preserving the requirement for daily room cleaning. Read more...

Hotel Workers Who Live in NY: Apply Now to Receive Money for Childcare!

June 23, 2021 6:12 PM

New York State has opened applications for childcare scholarships for the children of essential workers, which includes hotel workers, who live in New York State. This scholarship fund will provide weekly payments directly to your childcare provider for children between 6 weeks and 12 years old. Read more...

NY State Residents: Apply now for Rent Relief!

June 18, 2021 10:54 AM

Earlier this month, New York State launched an Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help New Yorkers who are struggling to pay their rent and utilities. If eligible, you could qualify for up to 12 months of overdue rent payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments! Funds are limited, so apply soon! Read more...

What to Expect as New York City’s Private Clubs Reopen

June 16, 2021 10:22 AM

New York’s clubs, hotels, and casinos have started to reopen their doors. All but two clubs have reopened. The Princeton Club, which is one of the clubs currently closed, will reopen on July 7th. While the clubs will likely not return to pre-pandemic business for many months, the outlook for the industry is generally encouraging. Read more...

A Message from HTC Pres. Maroko: What to Expect Now that the Hotel and Gaming Industries are Reopening

June 16, 2021 10:21AM

In this video, HTC President Rich Maroko gives an extensive report on the recovery of the hotel and gaming industries in New York and New Jersey so far. Read more...

A Plea to my Union Brothers and Sisters: COVID-19 Almost Killed Me and I am Still Suffering. So Please, Get Vaccinated!

June 10, 2021 5:30PM

In March 2020, I became sick with the Coronavirus and almost died. I write to my fellow members with the hope that my personal experience can serve as a reminder of the danger the Coronavirus poses, and the urgency of getting vaccinated. Read more...

Brooklyn Health Center To Re-Open on May 3rd!

May 2, 2021 3:06 PM

“Our Union’s Brooklyn health center will reopen with limited services this Monday, May 3rd” announces HTC President Rich Maroko. “Initially, the health center will offer primary care visits, lab work, and pharmacy only. We are thrilled to be able to announce this first step and look forward to the eventual return to full service of the Brooklyn health center and the reopening of the Harlem health center.” Read more...

Union Health Centers Distribute Over 12,000 Vaccines! Sign Up Now to Get Yours!

April 27, 2021 5:15 PM

The Union’s health centers have already administered over 12,000 shots to HTC members, their families, and union staff. The vaccines will not only protect thousands of our members and their families against this terrible virus, but these vaccines are key to bringing an end to this crisis, reviving tourism in New York City, and getting our members back to work! Read more...

Sign Up to Get Your Vaccine in NY or NJ!

April 27, 2021 3:00 PM

The COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available in New York and New Jersey. This lifesaving vaccine will not only protect you and your family, but it is our way out of this pandemic and back to our jobs and our normal lives. Sign up now to get your shot at a local site! Read more...

Q&A: Free COBRA coverage

Our Union has put together this article to answer the most common questions about free COBRA. Read more...

Sign up for Free COBRA Coverage!

April 13, 2021 6:39 PM

Thousands of our members are now eligible for six months of free health insurance through our Union’s Benefit Funds from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 under the American Rescue Plan. Read more...

Hudson County CLC Hosting COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on April 10

April 3, 2021 12:56 PM

The Hudson County Central Labor Council has partnered with Governor Phil Murphy to sponsor a COVID vaccine clinic at Bayonne High School next Saturday, April 10. HTC members in Hudson County are encouraged to sign up to get your shot! Read more...

BREAKING NEWS: New York State DOL to Fix Unemployment Issues Related to Severance

April 2, 2021 3:38 PM

As reported, our Union has been in contact with the New York State Department of Labor regarding the problems many union workers have recently had collecting unemployment due to severance pay. Our Union has been able to intervene and we are pleased to report that the DOL is going to fix these issues system-wide. Read more... 

New York Unemployment Update

April 1, 2021 3:13 PM

We have been hearing from many members about the difficulties you are having receiving unemployment benefits due to the New York State Department of Labor being overwhelmed with the number of people whose claims have hit the one year mark. This has created several types of issues for the Department of Labor. Read more...

Can I Enroll in Subsidized COBRA for April?

March 30, 2021 9:30 PM

While the American Rescue Plan provides free COBRA for eligible laid off employees in April 2021, we do not know yet how you can sign up. With April 1st just days away, our Union is still waiting for the federal government to release the rules for how subsidized COBRA will work under the American Rescue Plan and how to enroll. We anticipate the government will release the final rules around this new benefit in mid-April. Read more...

Details of Federal COBRA Subsidy Still Being Worked Out

March 17, 2021 5:29 PM

Under the American Rescue Plan, the federal government plans to pay 100% of the cost of COBRA for many laid off workers for the next six months, from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. This means that many of you (and your families) can return to our Union’s health centers soon, for free. It also means that we will be able to reopen the Brooklyn and Harlem health centers, which had to temporarily close in January. Read more...

How Senator Chuck Schumer Saved Our Health Centers

March 16, 2021 3:30 PM

The American Rescue Plan was the first major test for New York Senator Chuck Schumer in his new role as Senate Majority Leader and not only did he manage to deliver the most comprehensive recovery package in the history of our nation – he did it against all odds. The result is a bill that will fund a national vaccination effort, salvage our battered economy, and most importantly, will provide enormous benefits to millions of Americans who lost their jobs and health insurance because of the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more....

THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN!

March 16, 2021 2:38 PM

The American Rescue Plan is more than a relief bill. It is a comprehensive plan to rebuild our economy and it is the largest investment by the federal government in working people in our nation’s history. In short, it is the lifeline we desperately needed. To read about the highlights of this historic $1.9 trillion plan, click here.

New York Unemployment: What should I do when I approach my BYE (Benefit Year Ending) date?

March 16, 2021 10:42 AM

Many members are approaching one year since first filing for unemployment and are encountering problems in collecting additional unemployment benefits. Our Union brought these issues to the attention of New York State Department of Labor and we are actively working with the DOL to fix them. Read More...

How Hotel Workers Got Eligibility and Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine

In early March, our Union secured two major developments related to the COVID-19 vaccine. First, hotel workers became eligible to receive the vaccine in New York and in New Jersey. Second, our Union was able to begin efficiently distributing the vaccine to our New York City members through our own health centers. Read more...