Dues

1. Q: If I’m not working, how long can I be out before I “lose my membership” or “I am not part of the union”?
A: If you are not currently working, you will not lose your union membership, but may have a change in your membership status. To be a member in good standing, you must be up-to-date with your dues payments. If you owe an amount equal to 2 or more months of total dues and assessments, you are not in good standing. If you are concerned about your ability to get your job back, don’t worry.  Your membership status will not impact this, the contract requires management to call people back to work in order of seniority. This means the right person will be back doing their job and management can't use favoritism or try and hire someone off the street to pay them less for doing our work.

2. Q: Do I need to pay dues when unemployed?
A: If, while you are not working, you want to remain a member in good standing you can pay your dues directly with the union. We are currently working on a system to accept credit card payments for dues over the phone and will update this website when that system is in place. In the meantime, you have the option to speak to a Dues Clerk and leave your contact information with them. They will then contact you to arrange for a mail-in payment, or to let you know when the credit card system is up and running. You may call the HTC Dues Department at (212) 245-8100 or Club workers can call (212) 957-8000. Dial either of the following numbers and select option #4.

3. Q: Do I need to contact the Union to freeze my book if I am not working?
A: In the past, members needed to contact the Union when they began a temporary layoff in order to freeze their book and waive dues for the period that they were out of work. This policy has changed, so please read the below categories carefully.

If you are on temporary layoff for two or more consecutive calendar months (or other unpaid leave, like FMLA), you may be eligible to freeze your book which will be a suspension of your membership and a waiver of dues owed for that period. In order to speak to a Dues Clerk and see if you are eligible to freeze your book, call the HTC Dues Department (212) 245-8100 or for Club workers (212) 957-8000, dial and select option #4. Leave a voicemail with your name, the hotel/restaurant/casino or club where you work, and the best number to reach you at. A Dues Clerk will return your call to determine if you are eligible to freeze your books at this time. If you are eligible, they will email you a form to freeze your books.

There is no deadline to submitting your eligibility. If you are eligible, you may have those months of dues waived.

If you are not employed (meaning you have been permanently terminated, not just temporarily laid off) for two or more consecutive calendar months and you have a dues arrearage of two months' worth or more, your membership will automatically be frozen and your dues will be waived for the period of unemployment.

If you are only out from work (meaning you are on temporary layoff or otherwise unemployed) for less than 2 consecutive calendar months, then you will owe the dues for that time period.

4. Q: If I pay my dues, can I still get medical coverage?
A: Dues do not pay for your health benefits, they pay for Union representation, to keep your union running, the lights on, and so much more. The union contract requires the employer to pay for the health benefits of you and your eligible dependents. It is far more expensive than the dues you pay.

5. Q: How can I contact a representative from the Dues Department to ask further questions?
A: Due to the health threat posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, the medical director of the Benefit Funds has advised the Union to reorganize our office operations so that members will be able to deal with all the departments of the Union without coming to our headquarters on 8th Avenue. The Union dues and other office staff will be doing their work via online links from their homes. In order to speak to a Dues Clerk and see if you are eligible to freeze your book, call the HTC Dues Department (212) 245-8100 or for Club workers (212) 957-8000, and select option #4. Please leave us a message with your full name, the name of the hotel, casino, restaurant or club where you work, and the best phone number to reach you at. Union staff will call you back as soon as possible to answer your questions about dues.