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NY State Budget Includes Tax Relief for Upstate Casinos, Protecting Thousands of Union Workers

April 7, 2021 5:31 PM

Our Union has been urging the New York State Senate and Assembly to adopt several measures to protect casino workers as part of the 2021 State Budget. Over the last several weeks, hundreds of HTC members contacted their Assembly Members asking them to protect good, union casino jobs. The budget was finalized on April 6th and our Union is pleased to announce that it includes vital protections for over 3,000 HTC members in upstate casinos. Read more...


“Don’t Check Out on the Hotel Industry: Approve the Tax Adjustment for Upstate Casinos” – Empire Report

March 27, 2021 11:00 AM

This week, NY State lawmakers are considering a budget proposal to allow for fairer tax rates for Upstate casinos. HTC member Jason Donnelly, a table games dealer at del Lago Resort & Casino, explains in the Empire Report how tax parity is critical for supporting good union jobs and the local economy in the Finger Lakes. Read more...

“Expand local casinos, create jobs: Union says gaming benefits several sectors of economy” – Daily News

March 26, 2021 7:39 PM

In an op-ed for the Daily News, HTC President Rich Maroko advocates in favor of expanding table game licenses Downstate. As New York recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we demand that our legislators look out for working people and protect good, union jobs like those at Resorts World New York City and Empire City Casino. Read more...

HTC Backs Budget Proposals to Help New York State Casinos

March 26, 2021 7:32 PM

This week, the New York State Senate and Assembly are negotiating over the state budget. Up for negotiation are two proposals that would provide desperately needed relief to New York's casinos. Our Union is urging New York State take action to help New York’s casinos and protect thousands of our members in the gaming industry. Read more...

Congressional Roll Call of Honor and Disgrace

March 14, 2021 3:24 PM

The Democrats in Congress got all of the relief we were depending on against fierce opposition from the Republican Party. Look at how your elected representatives voted below, and remember their names. When you are once again back at work, knowing that your family is safe and secure, don’t forget who had your back – and who voted to leave you hanging. Read more...

“Powerful Hotel Trades Council backs Eric Adams for NYC Mayor” – NY Post

March 3, 2021 1:49 PM

On March 2nd, we announced our endorsement of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for Mayor of New York City. The news made the NY Post, which described our union as “potent” and spoke highly about our mobilization efforts. Read more...

HTC backs Eric Adams for NYC Mayor

March 2, 2021 7:17 PM

By HTC President Rich Maroko

Today, our Union endorsed Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in his campaign for New York City Mayor.

This election may be the most consequential one we’ve faced since we started our Union’s political program 15 years ago. The balance of power in New York City is up for grabs: New Yorkers will elect a new mayor, all five borough presidents, and an entirely new city council. These freshly elected leaders will decide how to rebuild our city’s economy, drive tourism, and reopen the hotel industry after the COVID-19 pandemic. They will have a huge say over how working people – and our members – are treated during the economic recovery. If that weren’t reason enough to take these elections seriously, in all likelihood, whoever wins the mayoral election will also be elected to a second term. That means that the mayor who is elected this year will likely be in power when our industry-wide contract expires in 2026. 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...