Hiring Enforcement Office

The Hiring Enforcement Office is a service of the Union that assists the workers we represent in getting jobs at other union-represented hotels and in enforcing the hiring related provisions of our union contracts with employers.

Under our contracts, most employers notify the Union and the New York State Employment Office of their job openings. Our Industry-Wide Agreement, which covers a large proportion of the NYC hotel industry, gives special preference in hiring in all the hotels covered by that contract to current and former employees who were permanently laid off from any of those hotels, including those from non-bargaining unit positions, and, in general, hotel workers with experience in the New York City hotel industry have preference in hiring in those hotels.

The Union’s Hiring Enforcement Office also fights discrimination in hiring. Our contracts prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of union activity, race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any factor illegal under federal, state or city laws. The law also prohibits such discrimination, but the Union can use our contractual grievance and arbitration process to enforce these rights for the workers we represent much more effectively and quickly than filing a claim with government agencies or going to court.

How to Register with the Hiring Enforcement Office:

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. At this time, there are wide spread layoffs in the industry and there are very few job opportunities being posted with the Union. If you would be interested in registering for work, you can call (212) 245-8100 and select option #5 to reach the Hiring Enforcement Office. Leave us a message with your full name, the best phone number to reach you at, and the last four digits of your social security number.

For non-union workers looking for a union job, New York State Career Centers with locations in all 5 boroughs assist job seekers with finding work, including in union hotels. You can also apply directly to hotels as well. However, one of the best ways to get a union hotel job is to make the non-union job you already have a union job. Our Union is very good at organizing the unorganized workers in our industry. If you want to know more about how to unionize your hotel, you should contact our office and talk to one of our organizers. You can contact an organizer by calling (212) 245-8100 and selecting option #6. Leave us a message with your full name, the name of your hotel, and the best phone number to reach you at. You can also contact us via this website using this form.