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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...

2021 New York City Election Endorsements

February 23, 2021 1:21 PM

Our Union has endorsed 38 city council candidates in the June 2021 primary. All of these candidates have a track record of advocating for working people and have committed to fight for the rights of workers and unions if elected. Use our interactive map to check out who we’ve endorsed in your district, and why.

High School Seniors Can Apply Now for 2021 College Scholarships!

February 19, 2021 4:58 PM

The Union is happy to announce that both the Vito J. Pitta scholarship program and the Hotel Trades Council Division A scholarship program are now accepting applications for the 2021 awards! These programs provide an outstanding opportunity for the children of HTC and Local 6 members to receive funding to help attend the college or university of their choice and to realize their career goals. For these reasons parents should not let their children miss out on the chance to enter these competitions! Read more...

After a Grueling Anti-Union Campaign, Union Election Begins for Amazon Workers in Alabama

February 9, 2021 7:17 PM

On Monday, February 8th, Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama began casting their ballots to join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU). If a majority of Bessemer workers vote for the union, the warehouse will become the first unionized Amazon facility in the country.

Amazon has relentlessly campaigned against the union. The company’s no holds barred union-busting tactics unfortunately come as no surprise to our Union. For over 80 years, hotel workers in New York City have had to endure similar intimidation, surveillance, and a barrage of lies from employers when organizing.

NYC Unions Combine Forces to Elect Pro-Worker Majority to City Council in 2021

February 9, 2021 12:21 PM

This year, New Yorkers will elect the next City Council, borough presidents, and mayor. These local elected officials will be in charge of New York City’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Many of these races are competitive and it’s critical that we elect individuals who will prioritize the problems faced by New York City workers in the months and years ahead. As part of our efforts, our Union has joined forces with four other powerful local unions – SEIU 32BJ, Communications Workers of America District 1, District Council 37, and the New York State Nurses Association – to elect a slate of pro-worker and pro-union candidates. Read more...

Remembering Roy Broomfield

February 1, 2021 3:51 PM

The union is deeply saddened to report that Roy Broomfield, a fixture at HTC and Local 6 for decades, has passed away. Broomfield had spent his retirement in Florida, and passed away in hospice there at the age of 87. Read More...

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Minutes into his presidency, Biden ousts union-buster Peter Robb

January 25, 2021 1:11 PM

Just 23 minutes after being inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, President Biden asked Peter Robb to resign from his position as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). When Robb refused, Biden fired him. Robb, a high-profile union buster, was considered by many to be the most dangerous General Counsel to oversee the NLRB in decades. Removing him was a critical first step toward leveling the playing field for America’s workers. Read more...

HTC ally Chuck Schumer to become Senate Majority Leader

January 19, 2021 2:06 PM

The new Congress and Biden administration are days away from taking on the monumental task of implementing a national strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic and rebuild our economy in a way that lifts up working people. The election of Georgia Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the United States Senate on January 5th not only delivered the Democratic Party a majority in both chambers of Congress and put President-elect Biden in a position to realistically enact his ambitious agenda, but it also elevated New York Senator Chuck Schumer to the powerful position of Senate Majority Leader.

This is great news for workers across our country. Throughout his 40 years in Congress, Senator Schumer has been an advocate for working people, a fierce supporter of the labor movement, and a very loyal friend to our Union. His new power will likely translate into more COVID-19 relief, dramatic labor law reforms that make it easier to organize a union, and a national $15 minimum wage. Read more...

President-Elect Biden: “the government should encourage the formation of unions”

January 17, 2021 5:00 PM

On January 8, 2021 President-elect Joe Biden announced the nominations for the key members of his economic team, including leadership at the United States Department of Labor. The President-elect committed that under the Biden-Harris administration, our government will not only protect the rights of workers to organize, but actually encourage the formation of unions in an effort to help our economy recover and rebuild our nation’s middle class. Read more...

Marriott Marquis Workers Win Union Recognition After 35 Years

January 11, 2021 3:16 PM

Last week, our Union finally succeeded in organizing the largest and oldest non-union hotel in New York City, the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. HTC won recognition as the collective bargaining representative of the workers in the hotel’s housekeeping department. This victory marks the end of a 35-year union avoidance campaign at the hotel by Marriott. Read more...

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A Message on the Jan. 6th Insurrection from HTC President Rich Maroko

January 7, 2021 2:04 PM

The events of January 6, 2021 will be immortalized in history as a stain on American democracy. The riotous mob that descended on our nation’s capital attacked the very foundations of our country and Constitution. I want to take a moment to condemn the treasonous actions of these domestic terrorists. In the darkest chapter of modern American politics, it was ordinary people who stood up to protect human life and preserve our democracy. I applaud the heroes of yesterday’s attack: the congressional aides who rescued electoral ballots and the elected officials who, after fearing for their lives, worked through the night to fulfill their constitutional duty. Thanks to their steadfast resolve in the face of terrorism, the election results were certified shortly after 3:00 AM. Read more...

HTC Members Get Out the Vote in Georgia

December 26, 2020 12:20 PM

Eighteen HTC members and organizers are volunteering in Georgia to get out the vote for Democratic Senate candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. On January 5th, Georgia will hold a run-off election, which will determine which party holds power in the Senate.

In less than a month, President-Elect Biden will take over the economic recovery of our nation and begin managing the COVID-19 crisis. In order to implement many of his most ambitious plans, Biden will need the Senate’s support. In today’s political climate, this means Biden will need a Democratic majority in the Senate including both Warncok and Ossoff. Read more...

850 Workers Fired at Non-union Marriott Marquis in Times Square

December 23, 2020 11:19 AM

On December 11th, the Marriott Marquis, the largest non-union hotel in New York City, terminated over 850 employees, most after many years of service with the hotel. Most of them will be replaced by subcontracted workers. Read more...

Breaking News: Marriott Downtown Workers Join HTC!

December 10, 2020 8:26 PM

This evening, workers at the Marriott Downtown Hotel, located on Albany and West Streets in lower Manhattan, joined our Union after working non-union for nearly 30 years. Read more...

Meet the Candidates for New York City Mayor

December 7, 2020 1:42 PM

In November 2021, New Yorkers will elect the next mayor of New York City. Not only will the next mayor have the power to enforce the legislation that our Union has fought tirelessly to get passed over the last decade, but they will also oversee the reopening of our local economy after this global crisis.

HTC Helped Get Out the Vote for Biden-Harris, Playing a Role in their Historic Victory

November 7, 2020 6:09 PM

Dozens of HTC members and organizers volunteered to get out the vote for President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate in the 2020 election. Union volunteers phone banked and canvassed for the candidates in key swing states: Arizona, Florida, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Their efforts helped to achieve a historic victory for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the presidential election, and to win an important Senate seat in Arizona. 

NYC Public School Parents: Opt Into Blended Learning By November 15th

November 4, 2020 7:45 PM

The New York City Department of Education has announced that the parents of NYC public school students who are enrolled in remote learning have until November 15, 2020 to decide if they want to enroll their child in “blended learning” (a mix of both in-person and online/remote learning) for the rest of the school year.

After November 15th, students who are enrolled in remote-only learning will not be able to change their minds. Read more...

On the Ballot: The Survival of the American Labor Movement

October 27, 2020 10:59 AM

Many Americans understand that a vote for the President is, in effect, a vote on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court, whose rulings will affect our civil liberties and rights for years to come. But Supreme Court Justices are not the only presidential appointees that have significant power over the lives of the American people. A group of lesser known presidential appointees that are effectively “on the ballot” each election are those to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). These appointees are responsible for protecting the rights of American workers to organize, join a union, and collectively bargain over their wages, benefits, and working conditions.

As working people cast their ballots this election, they will be voting on the very survival of the American labor movement.

New York: Early Voting is Happening All Week

October 26, 2020 3:46 PM

New York voters can cast their ballot in this year’s general election every day through Sunday, November 1st. To locate your early voting poll site and find the early voting schedule in your county, read more.