Latest Updates on the Coronavirus Situation

UNITE HERE HEALTH Plan 105 Announces Increases to Life Insurance, AD&D Benefits

May 19, 2020 1:07 PM

UNITE HERE HEALTH Plan 105 has increased life insurance benefits and accidental death and dismemberment benefits to provide more protection for participants. The plan’s life insurance benefit has increased from $10,000 (for Class I) and $6,000 (for Class II) to $20,000 for every participant. The plan’s accidental death and dismemberment benefit has increased from $5,000 (Class I) and $3,000 (Class II) to $20,000 for every participant.

Urgent Need for Blood Donors in NY

May 18, 2020 2:12 PM

The blood supply in New York is dangerously low. The New York Blood Center is asking for healthy New Yorkers to consider giving blood. Donating blood can help save lives and is always important, but during a pandemic is more important than ever.

Relief Fund for Essential Workers Impacted by COVID Introduced in Congress

May 15, 2020 5:12 PM

NY Congressional Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D), Jerry Nadler (D), Peter King (R), and Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D) have introduced the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act in Congress. If passed and signed into law, certain essential workers and their families - including hotel workers - who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and become ill or died, could be eligible for relief and assistance including compensation for medical expenses, burial costs, loss of employment and other hardships.

Union Wins Contract Extension for Americana Inn, Avalon, Shoreham, and Life Hotel

May 14, 2020 5:12 PM

The New York City hotel industry has been hit extremely hard by the coronavirus crisis. At a time when hotels would normally be at 90% occupancy, New York City hotels are reporting just over 40%. Despite the lack of revenue and uncertain timeline for re-opening tourism in the City, on May 12, 2020, Union leadership won an extension to the Division A Contract for over 120 employees at the Americana Inn, Avalon, Shoreham, and the Life Hotel.

The Union Difference: The Tale of 3 Unemployed New Yorkers

May 13, 2020 9:42 AM

THE CITY tells the struggle of three unemployed New Yorkers during the coronavirus crisis. One, an independent contractor who sings at a private club in Soho. Another, a restaurant manager who is undocumented and unable to collect unemployment. And the third, HTC member Elaine Wong, a Room Attendant at the Beekman Hotel for 4 years. Elaine and her husband were both infected with COVID-19, but thankfully recovered after being treated at the Queens Health Center.

Elaine expressed gratitude for the support she received while she was sick, “I’m very thankful for my Union job, the doctors and the nurses at the Union Health Center in Long Island City, because the nurse called me every day without fail for two weeks to check on our condition.”

To read the full article, visit THE CITY's Website.

Peter Ward and HTC Administration are Re-elected

May 11, 2020 4:35 PM

Peter Ward and the entire HTC administration have been re-elected to office by acclamation. The administration will serve a three-year term of office.

"It is certainly evident that our union faces unprecedented challenges right now," Peter Ward said. "I am confident that our administration has the best people possible to help steer our union through this exceedingly difficult time, and I thank HTC members for this vote of confidence in the re-election of the HTC Unity slate. You can count on us to work tirelessly and to do everything possible to return you to your jobs and to restore our i­­ndustry to where it was before COVID-19 struck. It will take a monumental effort to achieve this goal, but I assure all that this administration is ready to make that effort."

NJ Governor Phil Murphy asks HTC Pres. Peter Ward to Advise on Re-Opening Tourism in the State

May 11, 2020 11:48 AM

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced the formation of New Jersey’s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, which will focus on both the immediate efforts to restart New Jersey’s economy and the long-term recovery. Governor Murphy has asked HTC President Peter Ward to serve on the Council’s subcommittee for Tourism and Entertainment.

NYC Giving Out Free Face Coverings at NYC Parks Until Tuesday, May 12

May 8, 2020 4:07 PM

New York City is distributing free face coverings at public parks until Tuesday, May 12th. Governor Cuomo has required New Yorkers to wear a mask or face covering when you are out in public and unable to maintain 6-feet of distance from others.

To find the closest distribution location, date, and time, click here.

For more information about face coverings, visit the Frequently Asked Questions prepared by the NYC Department of Health. 

HTC Pres. Peter Ward Appointed to 2 Advisory Councils for Re-Opening NYC

May 8, 2020 10:16 AM

Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked HTC President Peter Ward to serve on New York City’s Labor and Workforce Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for the Arts, Culture and Tourism. Mayor de Blasio established ten advisory councils, which will advise the Mayor on how to re-open New York City and focus on issues such as the protective equipment needed to safely re-open each industry.

Honoring the Heroes Working Behind the Scenes at NYC Hospitals

May 7, 2020 3:38 PM

This article honors the all too often invisible and unseen, non-medical staff who have put their lives on the line in order to keep New York City’s hospitals up and running during the Coronavirus outbreak. The New York Times pays tribute to the countless security guards, cooks, supplies clerks and cleaning staff who are working on the front lines and especially those that have been lost during this crisis.

Some Union Hotels Apply for PPP Loans

May 7, 2020 2:02 PM

A few Union hotels have applied for Paycheck Protection Program loans (“PPP loans”). These loans are an incentive for businesses to keep their employees on the payroll during the Coronavirus crisis.

If your hotel receives a PPP loan and begins to pay you, the New York State Department of Labor has instructed that you should simply stop certifying for unemployment benefits for the weeks that you receive paychecks. For more tips when applying for unemployment in New York, click here.

Get Tested for COVID-19

May 6, 2020 4:00 PM

Hotel workers and other essential workers in New York State can make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19 at one of the Department of Health’s drive through or walk-in testing sites by calling the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or online.

Building Political Power: Complete the 2020 Census Now

May 2, 2020 12:15 PM

If you haven’t already participated in the 2020 census, we strongly encourage you to complete your census questionnaire now. The results of the census are critical in determining your community’s political representation and getting access to federal funding over the next 10 years. 

There is a great risk that because of fear among immigrant communities and because of COVID-19 (which has made it impossible for census counters to go door to door to collect incomplete surveys), that people will go uncounted in the 2020 Census. When people are uncounted it has drastic and dangerous impacts.

HTC President Peter Ward Appointed to Advisory Board on Re-Opening New York

May 1, 2020 3:45 PM

HTC President Peter Ward has been selected by Governor Cuomo to be on the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board. The board is made up of 100 academic, business, community and labor leaders from across the state, who will help guide the gradual re-opening of New York state in a way that balances public health and safety and the desire to return to a new normal.

New Weekend Pharmacy Hours

April 30, 2020 6:00 PM

The Health Centers have changed the hours of the pharmacies until further notice to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Read more...

NY Daily News Calls Attention to the Harmful Impact of the Coronavirus on NYC Hotel Workers

April 29, 2020 9:00 AM

The NY Daily News highlights the heavy toll the coronavirus pandemic has had on hotel workers in New York City. Our love and prayers are with all of our members and their families during this awful time. Read the article here.

Changes in Pharmacy Hours this Weekend, April 25th and 26th

April 22, 2020 6:00 PM

Due to limited staffing, the Benefit Funds has limited the pharmacy hours this coming weekend.

Saturday, April 25, 2020:

Midtown and Queens: OPEN 9:00AM-5:00PM

Harlem and Brooklyn: CLOSED

Sunday, April 26, 2020:

All Pharmacies CLOSED

Plan ahead for the weekend closure.

NYC Department of Education Lending iPads to Students in Need

April 22, 2020 10:30 AM

To help students stay connected during this crisis and participate in remote learning while New York City public schools remain closed, the NYC Department of Education is lending iPads with internet connection to students in need.


During this difficult time when we can not come together and grieve in person and provide each other comfort, we wanted to take the space to remember and celebrate the lives of Union members who have passed. 

The True Heroes are Working People

April 17, 2020 10:15 AM

As is always the case during natural disasters, tragedies and other horrifying events, the true heroes are working people. Workers put their lives on the line and risk it all. They show courage and have unbelievable stamina. Workers always get us past it. Workers are literally, the unsung heroes.

This is expressed beautifully in this video from England. To watch, click here.