Union Negotiating Emergency Safety Protocols Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

March 20, 2020

The Union is negotiating, company by company, a special emergency agreement with the hotel industry to address pressing concerns to our members caused by the Coronavirus Crisis. We are calling the agreement the “Coronavirus Hotel Safety Protocol,” and most of the major hotel operators have already signed on to it (see below for a current list). We are in urgent and energetic discussions with those companies who, as of yet, have not signed.

Coronavirus Hotel Safety Protocol – Basic Summary

This protocol is designed to help protect the employees, guests and general public from the spread of the disease by enacting common sense practices. These include enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of public spaces and guest rooms using EPA registered antimicrobial agents. This will have the beneficial effect of creating additional work (and therefore wages and, more importantly, health benefits) that can be offered to workers who have been laid off as a result of the dramatic downturn in business as a result of Coronavirus fears.

The protocol also requires other common sense precautions, like making appropriate hand sanitizer generally available throughout the hotel, replacing soap in bathrooms with EPA registered anti-microbial soap, training employees on how to protect themselves and others from exposure to the virus, and training front desk and front service employees to direct guests who are concerned they may have been exposed, to appropriate resources.

“The Union not only makes our jobs safer, the Union is also better for the guests. When this crisis passes and people begin to travel to New York City again, they’ll be able to sleep soundly at a Union hotel because they know that we have safety protocols, the right equipment and sanitizers, and most importantly, we’re not rushing when we clean their rooms, “said member Miguel Torres at the Intercontinental Times Square hotel.

Importantly, the protocol also gives employees far more flexibility in taking time off. It allows employees to use any paid time off (whether sick days, personal days, or vacation days) as well as the holidays yet to come this year, for any reason related to the crisis, including, to self-quarantine, to care for a family member who becomes ill, to care for a child who’s school is closed, or simply because the worker is concerned about exposing themselves at or on the way to work. Employees may also take unlimited unpaid time off for those reasons without fear of no longer having a job when they are ready to return.

The Union takes its responsibility not only to its members, but to the health of the community and to the health of the industry seriously and continues to work towards doing all that it can to allay the impact that this health crisis has on all of us.

Employers who have signed the Coronavirus Hotel Safety Protocol

As of Monday morning, most of the major hotel operators, including Marriott, IHG, MCR Hotels, Hyatt, and Hilton, as well as several notable stand alone hotels, like the Plaza, have signed on to this protocol. Collectively, they represent over 45,000 rooms in hotels that employ over 20,000 union members.

Keep in mind, however, that just because a hotel uses the flag (brand) of one of the above companies, does not mean that it is managed by that company and, therefore, covered by the protocol. So here is the complete list of the individual hotels that have adopted the protocol. We will keep it updated in real time.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park
1 Hotel Central Park South
11 Howard
50 Bowery
50 NYC
Affinia Gardens
Affinia Shelburne
Algonquin Times Square
aloft Harlem
Andaz Fifth Avenue
Andaz Wall Street
ArtHouse
Baccarat
Beekman
Benjamin
Best Western Bowery Hanbee
Candlewood Suites Jersey City
Candlewood Suites Nanuet Rockland County
Candlewood Suites Parsippany Morris Plains
Carlyle
Cassa Times Square
Conrad Downtown
Conrad Midtrown
Courtyard by Marriott Herald Square
Courtyard Fifth Avenue
Courtyard Midtown East
Courtyard Newark Downtown
Courtyard Newark Elizabeth
Courtyard Newark Liberty Intl Airport
Courtyard Upper East Side
Courytard by Marriott Chelsea
Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan
Crowne Plaza Times Square
Delta Woodbridge
Dominick
DoubleTree Jersey City
DoubleTree Metropolitan
Edition Madison Avenue
Edition Times Square
Embassy Suites Meadowlands
Embassy Suites Parsippany
Equinox
EVEN Hotel Brooklyn
EVEN Hotel Times Square South
EVEN Midtown East
Fitzpatrick Grand Central
Fitzpatrick Manhattan
Four Seasons 57th St.
Gallivant Times Square
Gild Hall
Gramercy Park
Grand Hyatt
Gregory
Hampton Inn 8th Ave
Hampton Inn Mahwah
High Line
Hilton Garden Inn 8th Ave
Hilton Garden Inn Chelsea
Hilton Garden Inn West 35th St.
Hilton New York Fashion District
Hilton Newark Airport
Hilton Short Hills
Hilton Times Square
Hilton Westchester
Holiday Inn Secaucus
Hotel @ NYC
Hotel @ Times Square
Hotel 57
Hotel Manhattan Bridge
Hotel Pennsylvania
Hyatt Centric Times Square
Hyatt Regency Jersey City
Hyatt Regency Morristown
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
Indigo LES
Ink48
InterContinental Barclay
InterContinental Times Square
James NoMad
James SoHo
JW Marriott Essex House
Knickerbocker
La Quinta Secaucus Meadowlands
Le Meridien Central Park
Loews Regency
Long Island Marriott
Mandarin Oriental
Manhattan @ Times Square
Marriott Brooklyn Bridge
Marriott East Side
Marriott Westchester
Michelangelo
Millennium Hilton Downtown
Millennium Hilton One UN Plaza
Millennium Times Square
New York Hilton
NoMo SoHo
Novotel
NYCASA 46
OYO
Paramount
Park Central/WestHouse
Park Hyatt
Park Lane
Park South
Parker New York
Plaza
Plaza Athenee
Redbury
Renaissance Newark Airport
Renaissance Times Square
Renaissance Westchester
Renwick
Residence Inn Newark Elizabeth/Liberty International
Residence Inn WTC
Residence Inn White Plains
Ritz Carlton Central Park
Ritz Carlton Westchester
Roosevelt
Royalton 44
Royalton Park Avenue
Row NYC
Sheraton Suites Lincoln Harbor
Sheraton Times Square
Sofitel
Springhill Suites Midtown/Fifth Avenue
Springhill Suites Newark Liberty International Airport
St. Regis
Stewart
Surrey
Trump International Hotel and Tower
W Downtown
W Hoboken
W Times Square
W Union Square
Wagner
Westin Governor Morris
Westin Grand Central
Westin Jersey City Newport
Westin Times Square
Wyndham New Yorker