This Week's Hotel Voice



It’s Unanimous! Union Wins City Council Vote to Cut Down on Illegal Hotels
Hotel Voice, August 1, 2018 - On Wednesday, July 18, the New York City Council voted unanimously to pass a bill that restricts Airbnb and other short-term home rental services from threatening hotel jobs and reducing affordable housing. These rental services have been competing unfairly against legitimate hotels and the bill will greatly rein in this practice. The City Council’s vote was 45-0. It is a significant victory for our union. [more...]


Our Union Welcomes Members of the 
Little Rock Nine Back to New York!
Hotel Voice, August 1, 2018 - On Tuesday, June 12, the ties between our union and the Little Rock Nine officially spanned 60 years. Six of the eight surviving members of the Little Rock Nine attended a luncheon commemorating their acceptance of the 1958 Local 6 Better Race Relations Award. [more...]


Union’s Scholarships Awarded to 45 High School Seniors
Hotel Voice, August 1, 2018 - A total of $360,000 was awarded to 45 children of members of our union on June 22, making 2018 our largest college grant year ever! All recipients of the awards are high school seniors who will be attending four-year colleges later this year. [more...]


Members Applaud Seniors’ Days 2018
Hotel Voice, August 1, 2018 - Seniors’ Days provides specific attention to retired members, both as a whole and as individuals, and it helps members over age 55 who are still working prepare for retirement. Those that participated May 8-11 visited their respective Health Centers without any appointments being necessary, giving each of them the opportunity to speak personally with doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. [more...]


It’s All About Dedication
Hotel Voice, August 1, 2018 - Since 2009, when Dr. Robert Greenspan became CEO of our union’s Benefit Funds, his words at the annual scholarship awards ceremony have always been poignant and inspirational. Here are excerpts from Dr. Greenspan’s remarks at the 2018 scholarship awards. [more...]


Kids Days Are August 15, 16 and 17 at the Health and Dental Centers
Hotel Voice, August 1, 2018 - Kids Days returns to the Health and Dental Centers on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 15, 16 and 17, for another fun-filled and exciting time for members’ children! The fun fest has a valuable role in familiarizing children with the medical and dental facilities and the attentive personnel that work there. [more...]


Coming Attractions: Kids’ Days and Hotel Workers Walkathon
Hotel Voice, August 1, 2018 - Here are two events members can look forward to before our next edition of the Hotel Voice magazine is published: Kids’ Days and the Hotel Workers Walkathon. This year’s Kids’ Days will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 15, 16 and 17 at the Midtown, Harlem, Brooklyn and Queens Health Centers; and also—for dental visits only—at the Midtown Dental Center. The Walkathon will take place on Sunday, September 30, beginning at 9:00 a.m [more...]


HTC Thanks Elected Officials for Their Support
Hotel Voice, July 1, 2018 - At the GRIWA celebration held on April 16 in Newark, Union General Counsel and Executive Vice President Richard Maroko thanked many elected officials for their support of the union and of hotel workers in New Jersey. “Our political philosophy is simple,” HTC President Peter Ward said recently. “Our union strongly supports elected officials that support unions and working families." [more...]


HTC Now Represents Almost 8,000 Members In Shops Outside New York City
Hotel Voice, July 1, 2018 - This edition of Hotel Voice tells the story of how the Hotel Trades Council has organized and won contracts for thousands of hotel workers outside New York City and how it has strictly enforced those contracts. In 2010 HTC did not represent any employees outside New York City. Now the union represents almost 8,000 of these workers in addition to the 30,000 HTC represents in New York City. [more...]


Members Celebrate the GRIWA Ratification
Hotel Voice, July 1, 2018 - Not even monsoon-like rains could keep hundreds of members from packing a room at the Newark Hilton Penn Station on April 16 to celebrate the ratification of the new Greater Regional Industry Wide Contract. The meeting was opened by HTC General Counsel and Executive Vice President Richard Maroko, who explained in the simplest terms what the contract meant. “This agreement is going to fundamentally and profoundly change what it means to be a hotel worker in New Jersey and the surrounding area. With this agreement, the 4,000 HTC members covered by it will finally receive the wages, benefits and voice at work that they richly deserve.” [more...]


GRIWA Makes a Difference
Hotel Voice, July 1, 2018 - A union contract like the GRIWA can really make a difference, a number of workers from the Hyatt Regency Jersey City told Hotel Voice. Dana Jackson and Wilfredo Flores, two HTC members from that hotel, are excited about their union membership and the beneficial changes it has brought to their lives, the lives of their co-workers and hotel workers’ families throughout the region. [more...]


The Story Behind the GRIWA
Hotel Voice, July 1, 2018 - This edition of Hotel Voice is dedicated to the second Greater Regional Industry-Wide Agreement (“GRIWA”) the Hotel Trades Council (HTC) has reached with the hotel industry covering Northern New Jersey, the Capital District of New York State, and the suburbs of New York City. This historic successor agreement builds upon the unprecedented initial GRIWA that established a new master contract covering those areas. [more...]


Retired Members Applaud Seniors’ Days 2018
Hotel Voice, June 25, 2018 - When retired members of our union reach age 65 they can choose to keep using our Health Centers for their medical care by assigning their Medicare Part B to the benefit funds. Members praised the care they receive and had appreciative compliments about the Seniors’ Days health awareness event. [more...]


Del Lago Casino Workers Win Contract
Hotel Voice, May 23, 2018 - HTC has won a contract for the nearly 1,000 union-represented employees at del Lago Resort and Casino in Waterloo, NY. The casino signed onto the Greater Regional Industry Wide Agreement, or GRIWA, which is the HTC contract for the region. At the ratification, union representatives, including, lawyers, business agents and organizers, met with workers to review the contract in detail, in order to allow employees to cast their vote in an informed and democratic manner. [more...]


Healthy Lifestyles Week Is March 26-30
Hotel Voice, March 13, 2018 - Members and their families have a great opportunity to improve their health by attending Healthy Lifestyles, a health and wellness event that will be held at the Health and Dental Centers from March 26 until March 30. Those who attend will receive useful tips on living happier, healthier and longer lives, and in many cases receive quick tests and/or screening for various health issues. [more...]


The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Brooklyn Health Center
Hotel Voice, January 29, 2018 - We present the remarks of Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward, Hotel Association President Vijay Dandapani, Benefit Funds Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert Greenspan, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. [more...]


The New Brooklyn Health Center Is Now Serving Members and Their Families!
Hotel Voice, January 19, 2018 - Construction is complete, the ribbon cutting has occurred, the new Brooklyn Health Center is open, and Hotel Trades Council members and their families now enjoy the finest healthcare facility of its kind anywhere in the U.S. [more...]


High School Seniors Can Apply Now for 2018 College Scholarships!
Hotel Voice, January 19, 2018 - The Vito J. Pitta scholarship program and the Hotel Trades Council Division A scholarship program are now accepting applications for the 2018 awards. [more...]


Union Wins Contract at Westin Jersey City Hotel
Hotel Voice, January 3, 2018 - The Union has won a contract for the employees at the Westin Jersey City. The hotel signed on to the Greater Regional Industry Wide Agreement, or GRIWA, which is the HTC contract for the area. [more...]


Here Is the 2018 Health Awareness Events Calendar
Hotel Voice, January 1, 2018 - We announce the Health Centers’ Health Awareness Events Calendar for 2018. No appointments are necessary to attend any of the 2018 Health Awareness Events listed in the calendar on this page. [more...]

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