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HTC Members Canvass in Georgia to Re-Elect Reverend Raphael Warnock!

December 6, 2022 1:59 PM

In mid-November, after it was announced that Reverend Raphael Warnock (D) was heading into a run-off election, a group of our members joined hundreds of UNITE HERE members from around the country in Duluth, Georgia to re-elect the Senator. Read more...

HTC Supports Hotel and Gaming Workers in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Fiona

December 1, 2022 5:07 PM

When Hurricane Fiona swept through Puerto Rico in September, members of UNITE-HERE Local 610 were among those who lost power, water, and even entire homes to the storm’s devastation. Read more...

HTC Members Take Paid Time Off to Vote

November 29, 2022 12:52 PM

In November’s midterm elections, several thousand HTC members took advantage of a new tool in a growing number of our union contracts: paid time off to vote. Read more...

The Union’s Children’s Holiday Party is Back — Register Now!

November 28, 2022 4:28 PM

The Union will be hosting our annual children’s holiday party on December 17th, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, in the Gertrude Lane Auditorium. This party is one of the most joyful days of the year and an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate our children and ring in the holiday season. Join us for music, dancing, balloon animals, crafts, presents, and a visit from Santa Claus!

Enroll in Free Computer, English as a Second Language, and GED Prep Classes

November 10, 2022 11:30 AM

In January our Union is offering free Computer Skills, GED Prep, and English as a Second Language classes. In person classes will be held in Downtown Manhattan and online classes will be held via Zoom.

Fill out the form below to be added to enroll in a class for the winter session beginning in January. In the upcoming weeks we will call you to confirm your spot in the class. By submitting this survey you are reserving a seat in the classes you select. There are a limited number of seats available in each class so please do not sign up for a class you are not sure you will be able to attend. If you have questions about the classes or need help with the survey, call Communications Assistant Ambar Cordero at 212-245-8100, ext. 2297. Please note that proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for the in person classes.

Health Centers Rebuilding Capacity after COVID-Closures

November 7, 2022 4:57 PM

After a difficult few years, Benefits Funds CEO Dr. David Jacobson has published a special report on the Funds’ progress building back the capacity of the Health Centers following the COVID-19 crisis. Read more...

November Midterms - It's Payback Time!

Hotel Voice, Fall 2022

Before you cast your vote in the midterm elections on November 8th, take a look at your representative’s voting record on the most critical relief bills. Read more...

2022 Writing Contest: Read the Winning Entries!

Hotel Voice, Fall 2022

Read the full entries from our six 2022 Writing Contest winners.

New Jersey Residents: You May Be Eligible for Up to $1,500 through the State!

Hotel Voice, Fall 2022

New Jersey residents can now apply for up to $1,500 from the State’s ANCHOR program. ANCHOR, “Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters,” is a state program designed to provide relief against increasing property taxes and rents. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 30, 2022. Read More...

HTC Members Head to Philly to Help Win High-Stakes Elections

Hotel Voice, Fall 2022

HTC members are back out on the front lines in a swing state, knocking on doors to help elect pro-union Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania. On October 17th, 2022, thirteen HTC members, drove down to Philadelphia to join over 300 members of the international union UNITE HERE in canvassing for Senate candidate John Fetterman and Gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro. Read more...

Member Q&A: Veronica Senghore, 1 Brooklyn Bridge

Hotel Voice, Fall 2022

Veronica Senghore, a member of our Union for 22 years, joined H.E.A.T. this summer to knock on doors for State Senator Gustavo Rivera, who narrowly won a very tough primary. Veronica sat down for an interview with the Hotel Voice to discuss her very first canvassing experience. Read more...

Schedule Your Next Interview Using Our Website!

Hotel Voice, Fall 2022

Looking for work? Members can now schedule interviews for substitute job openings at union hotels and casinos using the Union’s website. Visit hotelworkers.org/hire to register with the Union’s Hiring Enforcement Office (HEO), schedule or cancel an interview, and access additional resources. Read more...

HTC VOTES: Our Endorsements in NY's 2022 General Election

On November 8th, New Yorkers will elect the next State Assembly, Governor, Lt. Governor, Comptroller, and Attorney General. These elected officials will be in charge of New York's continued economic recovery from COVID-19. Read more...

Benefits Update: In-Person Workers’ Compensation and Mortgage Planning Help Sessions Resume!

October 17, 2022 11:32 AM

Workers’ Compensation and Mortgage / Home Equity Line of Credit help sessions are back! Read more...

A Special Report from HTC President Rich Maroko

Hotel Voice, Fall 2022

For several months, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been bussing migrants to New York, Washington D.C., and Chicago by the thousands. The rapid and uncoordinated arrival of so many people has caused chaos at bus terminals, put a strain on public services, and added stress to those arriving to our country already scared, exhausted, and in desperate need of help. Read more...

Celebrating Union Power! Photos from Our 2022 Labor Day Parades

Hotel Voice, Fall 2022

Typically, when HTC members devote their non-working hours to Union activity, it’s to build power by knocking on doors for our friends in politics or by phone banking to support a good cause. But last weekend, HTC members turned out by the hundreds simply to celebrate!

On September 9th and 10th, HTC participated in both New Jersey’s and New York City’s annual Labor Day Parades, marching and chanting alongside family and friends. Read more...

Dues Increase, Previously Postponed, Going into Effect Sept. 1

August 25, 2022 2:58 PM

In July 2014, our membership voted by 89.9% to increase dues every September. Last year, in recognition of the hardships facing many members due to the pandemic, the Union’s Executive Board postponed the increase scheduled for 2021 until this September. Now that members are beginning to get back on their feet, the September 2021 and 2022 increases will be going into effect. Read more...

NYC Takes On Illegal Hotel Scheme

August 1, 2022 4:07 PM

New York City is suing to shut down a $2 million illegal hotel operation plaguing the East Side. The City has accused Real Estate Broker Arron Latimer and several co-defendants of operating illegal hotels via Airbnb in six residential buildings, including all eight residential apartments at 344 East 51st Street. By using fake host profiles to skirt City Law, Latimer is accused of renting out the apartments to 6,500 guests and generating $2 million over the last four years. Read more...

Union Secures Protections for Hotel, Casino, Club Workers in the Wake of Supreme Court’s Ruling on NY Gun Law

July 5, 2022 4:37 PM

For over 100 years, New York State had strict gun safety laws that severely limited the number of individuals who are able to carry firearms outside of their homes. This changed on June 23rd, when the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated key parts of the State’s law, opening the door for virtually anyone to now carry a firearm outside of their home in New York and New Jersey.

Immediately following the Court’s decision, our Union began working with elected officials and representatives in the hotel and gaming industries to do everything possible to protect our members while at work. On July 1st, the Union both secured protections in New York State law and came to a new agreement with the Hotel Association of New York City addressing firearm safety. Read more... 

New York’s Plan to Convert Bad Hotels into Affordable Housing

July 5, 2022 9:50 AM

Over the last year, our allies in the New York State government have passed a series of new laws aimed at addressing two major problems afflicting our communities: the desperate need for affordable housing and out-of-control hotel development.

The legislation has had the full support of our Union as it protects good union jobs, addresses the problems caused by decades of overdevelopment, and helps tackle the City’s housing crisis. Read more...