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Resources For Laid Off Members

While tourism has picked up and our industries have started to make a comeback, the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. Never before have so many hotels and casinos been closed and so many of our Union’s members laid off, for so long.

The months ahead will undoubtedly be difficult for many of our members. You can count on your Union to do absolutely everything in its power to assist you until you are recalled to your Union job. Take a look at some of the resources that are available to you below. Read more...

The 2021 Freedom Rides: HTC Marches with Thousands in Washington D.C. to Fight Voter Suppression

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Rides, when a brave group of civil rights activists organized protests against segregation from Washington D.C. through the South, facing angry mobs and violence during their journey. Sixty years later, the fight for civil rights is far from over with an assault on the voting rights of Americans — specifically Black, Brown, and working class people—in full force in present day America. Read more...

"No matter where you lay your head at night, don't sleep on the political sway of HTC" - City & State

July 16, 2021 2:02 PM

HTC President Rich Maroko and our Union were nominated as one of this week’s biggest winners in New York City politics. Read more... 

“I never forget my first”: Adams vows to back Hotel Trades Council after early endorsement – NY1

July 16, 2021 11:40 AM

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, our Union proudly hosted Eric Adams to celebrate his recent victory in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor. Our Union was the first labor union to back Adams in the Democratic primary in February 2021 and as always, our members showed up in force to campaign for him.

"You have been my first major union endorsement, I never forget my first. You are my love," Adams told a crowd of nearly 200 member volunteers who came to celebrate on Thursday. Read more... 

The Do’s and Don'ts of Ranked Choice Voting

June 11, 2021 4:18 PM

Ranked Choice Voting is coming to NYC elections this month. Before you head to the polls, here are a few things to make sure you do and some other mistakes to avoid on your ranked ballot.

  • DO vote for up to 5 candidates for a given race, without hurting your 1st choice candidate.
  • DO NOT vote for your favorite candidate — or any candidate— more than once.
  • DO know the dates for the upcoming elections!
  • DO NOT give any candidates the same ranking

Read more here...

Marriott Marquis and Marriott Downtown Workers Seize a Second Chance To Join HTC

June 10, 2021 7:00PM

Marriott has waged a very sophisticated and expensive avoidance strategy at its two non-union hotels in New York City: the New York Marriott Marquis, its flagship hotel in Times Square, and the Marriott Downtown, located on Albany and West Streets in lower Manhattan. The cornerstone of Marriott’s union avoidance strategy was doing a masterful job tricking the workers into believing that they had the same rights and job protections that HTC members have under our contract. Read more...

Union Endorses Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

June 10, 2021 6:00PM

HTC has endorsed Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop for the election that will take place this coming November. HTC has nearly 1,000 members who reside in Jersey City, meaning that the election will have an impact on our Union in more ways than one. Read more...

Rain or Shine, HTC Gets Out the Vote for City Council Candidate Shekar Krishnan

June 7, 2021 4:55 PM

HTC has been busy hitting the pavement in Jackson Heights, Queens to get out the vote for District 25 City Council candidate Shekar Krishnan. Read more...

Corey Johnson, Our Choice for NYC Comptroller

June 7, 2021 3:15 PM

Among elected officials, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has been one of staunchest allies of working people and our Union throughout his career in the City Council. His loyalty to the members of our Union and dedication to serving working people makes him the obvious choice for NYC Comptroller. Read more...

Mark Levine, a Pro-Union Candidate for Manhattan Borough President

June 7, 2021 3:15 PM

Our Union is happy to announce our support of Mark Levine for Manhattan Borough President. Throughout his career he has proven himself to be an unwavering advocate for the workers of New York. Read more...

HTC Celebrates Mayor de Blasio’s Summer Tax Relief for NYC Hotels

May 21, 2021 5:48 PM

On May 19th, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an Executive Order putting a pause on the City’s hotel room occupancy tax this summer. The Executive Order is intended to accelerate the economic recovery of the hotel industry and encourage hotels to reopen and recall hotel workers. Guests will not have to pay the 5.875% occupancy tax from June 1 through August 31, effectively lowering the cost of rooms this summer and hopefully, driving up occupancy. Read More...

NYC Introduces Ranked Choice Voting. How Does It Work?

May 18, 2021 11:16 AM

New York City’s primary election will look a little different this year. The City is introducing ranked choice voting, a system that lets voters rank candidates in order of preference. Instead of voting for only one candidate on the ballot, you will be able to rank up to five preferred candidates. Read more...

HTC Endorses Queens Borough President Donovan Richards for Re-Election!

May 17, 2021 2:54 PM

On Tuesday, May 4th, HTC President Rich Maroko joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards to announce our Union’s endorsement of Richards’ re-election campaign.

President Maroko outlined for a crowd of HTC members why Donovan Richards is the right choice for working people in Queens, “Donovan has been one of the City’s fiercest advocates of workers, especially hospitality workers. As a city council member, he was a huge champion of HTC and its members.” Read more...

Senator Schumer Joins HTC to Celebrate the Partial Reopening of the Brooklyn Health Center!

May 17, 2021 12:49 PM

On Monday, May 10, our Union celebrated the partial re-opening of the Brooklyn health center alongside New York Senator and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

A long time friend and ally of our Union, Senator Schumer successfully negotiated 100%, fully subsidized COBRA as part of the American Rescue Plan earlier this year. The federal legislation has allowed thousands of our laid off members to get their free family healthcare back through September 30th. Read more...

HTC’s Own Tsultrim Sangmo Speaks at Rally for City Council Candidate Amit Singh Bagga!

May 10, 2021 5:00 PM

On May 1, 2021, over 60 HTC members celebrated International Workers Day by attending a rally for city council candidate, Amit Singh Bagga. Bagga is running for City Council District 26, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Astoria, and Dutch Kills.

Tsultrim Sangmo, a room attendant at the Time hotel for 22 years and active Union member, gave one of the opening speeches at the event. Read more...

HTC Members Rally for NYC Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams!

May 10, 2021 4:48 PM

On Saturday, April 24th dozens of HTC members and their families came out to support Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn.

Our Union endorsed Eric Adams for NYC Mayor earlier this year. During the event’s opening remarks, HTC President Rich Maroko explained why, “Eric Adams will lead us out of this crisis and rebuild the city’s economy for working class people. Our Union is proud to support a champion of the working class.” Read more...

2021 Writing Contest Rules and Entry Procedures

April 22, 2021 12:55 PM

The 2021 writing contest is now open to all children and eligible dependents of HTC and/or Local 6 members. Multiple prizes ranging from $500 to $3,000 will be awarded. Read more...

Union's Annual Writing Competition Is Here! Offering Cash Prizes to High School Students

April 22, 2021 12:54 PM

For 18 years now, the Union's annual writing contest has offered high school students the opportunity to show their creative talents and have a chance to win cash prizes at the same time. In the competition's history, over 1,000 students have submitted entries and almost $200,000 in prizes have been awarded to the children of our members. This year is no exception, with the competition offering cash awards in two categories: Essay and Fiction/Non-Fiction Narrative. Read more....

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

This spring, our Union urged the New York State Senate and Assembly to adopt several measures to protect casino workers as part of the 2021 State Budget. 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...