Latest Updates on the Coronavirus Situation

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....


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...

Medgar Evers Opens Vaccine Appointments For Brooklyn Residents

March 6, 2021 10:22 AM

New York City hotel workers are eligible to sign up for appointments at any New York State or NYC vaccination site. If you are a Brooklyn resident and want to try and get an appointment immediately, earlier today, the state run vaccination center at Medgar Evers College opened 5,000 vaccine appointments exclusively for Brooklyn residents. Read more...

Union Victory: NJ Governor agrees to expand vaccine eligibility to include hospitality workers

March 2, 2021 9:15 AM

On Monday, March 1st, Governor Phil Murphy announced that hospitality workers in New Jersey will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning on March 29th. HTC President Rich Maroko and our political team have been advocating for vaccine eligibility for hotel workers in New Jersey and are thrilled by this announcement. Read more...

"Hotel Workers Eligible for COVID Vaccine" - NY1

February 27, 2021 6:58 PM

For several months, HTC President Rich Maroko has been meeting with city and state officials to make the case that hotel workers should be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. On February 26th, Governor Cuomo agreed and opened the door to allow New York City to distribute vaccines to hotel workers in phase 1b. Read more...

BREAKING NEWS: After HTC’s Advocacy, Gov. Cuomo Expands Vaccine Eligibility for Hotel Workers in New York

February 26, 2021 9:57 PM

After months of advocacy by HTC President Rich Maroko and our political team, New York Governor Cuomo announced this afternoon that New York State will expand the current vaccine eligibility to include hotel workers. The order enables local health departments to include hotel workers in their vaccination programs, and the next step is for New York City’s health department to do so.

HTC is now communicating with New York City officials to advocate for vaccines to be made available to hotel workers as soon as possible.

“New York hotel workers seek COVID-19 vaccine in appeal to Cuomo” – The New York Post

February 24, 2021 9:26 AM

Throughout this pandemic, our Union has worked diligently to keep the workers we represent safe on the job. The New York Post has covered our latest effort: advocating to secure access to the COVID-19 vaccine for New York’s hotel workers and ensure a safe reopening of the City’s hotel industry. Read More...

CDC issues nationwide eviction moratorium through March 31, 2021

Updated: January 25, 2021 11:36 AM

Early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a broad nationwide eviction moratorium in order to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. On his first day in office, President Biden extended the CDC’s eviction moratorium through March 31, 2021.

Under the moratorium, eligible tenants cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent until March 31, 2021. Please note: the order does not forgive rent. You are still obligated to pay rent, and can still be evicted after the order expires or for reasons other than nonpayment. Read more...

A New Year’s Message from HTC President Rich Maroko

January 1, 2021 9:50 AM

By HTC President Rich Maroko

Happy New Year. I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and doing well. As we end this incredibly difficult year and enter 2021, I wanted to give you all a sense of what I expect for our Union in the year ahead. Read more...

New York passes nation’s strongest ban on evictions and foreclosures

December 29, 2020 5:40 PM

On December 28th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act. The law effectively enacts a 60-day eviction and foreclosure moratorium for all New York tenants and homeowners until February 26, 2021. New Yorkers who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who submit a hardship declaration form are prevented from being evicted or having their home foreclosed on for even longer, until May 1, 2021.

With the bill’s signing, New York State now has the strongest eviction moratorium in the nation. Read more...

HTC advocates for hospitality workers to be vaccinated early

December 26, 2020 2:41 PM

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two vaccines for emergency use to prevent COVID-19, the first from Pfizer-BioNTech and the second from Moderna. The COVID-19 vaccine will protect individuals from getting sick from this deadly virus and will undoubtedly aid in the economic recovery of our region’s hospitality and gaming industries.

HTC President Rich Maroko has been urging both New York and New Jersey to prioritize hospitality workers in each state’s vaccine distribution plans. Read more...

Holiday hours at the Health Centers

December 23, 2020 3:50 PM

Please be advised that the Brooklyn, Harlem, Midtown, and Queens health centers and pharmacies will be closed on December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1 in observance of the winter holidays. The pharmacies will also be closed on Saturday, January 2. Read more...

New York extends deadline to apply for health insurance starting January 1

December 23, 2020 3:09 PM

The New York State of Health has announced an extension to the deadline to apply for healthcare coverage beginning on January 1st. New York residents now have until December 31st to apply for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, or any Qualified Health Plan (including those provided by MetroPlus) for coverage beginning January 1, 2021.

Read more about each of these plans and how to apply here.

Congress passes new stimulus package

December 22, 2020, 7:27 PM

On December 21st, Congress passed its first stimulus package since the Spring, which includes 11 weeks of $300 supplemental unemployment benefits, a second round of direct payments to most Americans, and an extension of the federal eviction moratorium until January 31st

President Trump signed the legislation late Sunday, December 27th. Read more...

Email the Benefit Funds for documentation that your healthcare coverage is ending

December 11, 2020 3:37 PM

If your healthcare coverage with the Industry-Wide Benefits Fund is coming to an end on December 31st and you are enrolling in a new healthcare plan, your new health insurance provider may ask you for a letter showing that your healthcare coverage is ending. You can now email the Benefit Funds for this documentation. Read more...