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Don’t Be Fooled!

If someone approaches you, including someone who claims to be affiliated with the Union, and offers to help you find a unionized hotel job in exchange for money, it is a scam. DO NOT give them anything! The Union’s job referral service is free and hotels are prohibited by the IWA, the Union’s contract, from requiring (or even requesting) any “charge or fee” from job applicants.

City & State – Top Union Leaders to Gov. Cuomo: End NYC’s School Bus Crisis

For decades, the City of New York understood the importance of creating and maintaining a skilled, professional and experienced work force to care for and safely transport our school children, many of whom have special needs.

HTC was first – now the panic button idea is catching on

One of the occupational hazards that hotel workers in certain job classifications (especially in housekeeping and room service) face is the reality that their duties require them to enter isolated locked guest rooms by themselves, and that some hotel guests inside may have malevolent intentions.

Deduct Your Union Dues From Your New York State Income Taxes

Thanks to legislation signed by Governor Cuomo, union members can now deduct their union dues in full from their New York State income taxes. In order to take advantage of this new law, union members must itemize their deductions on their New York State tax filings.

Governor Cuomo signed the law in our Union auditorium on May 5, 2017 alongside HTC President Peter Ward, and hundreds of cheering HTC members. It was an important demonstration of the Governor's commitment to the Labor Movement, and a clear recognition of HTC as one of the most politically important Unions in the state.

A Game-Changer: The HTC Contract At Rivers Casino

The newly signed first union contract between HTC and Rivers Casino & Resort is a game-changer for 800 workers and their families. It will significantly improve their standard of living and their lives at work and vastly multiply their legal rights.

Rivers Casino Workers Ratify Their First Contract

An excellent new first contract has been successfully negotiated by our union for the 800 employees of the Rivers Resort and Casino in Schenectady, New York. It was ratified by the workers with a resounding 98% majority on October 17th and 18th. The casino/resort signed on to HTC’s Greater Regional Industry Wide Agreement (the "GRIWA"), which is our union’s recently established landmark master contract for upstate New York, Northern New Jersey and the suburbs of New York City.

Politico:  Hotel permits proposal approved by City Planning Commission 10.17

The policy would require any new hotel development in parts of the city that are zoned for manufacturing uses to obtain a special permit before beginning construction. This change, long a priority of the politically powerful Hotel Trades Council, would give the union significant leverage when negotiating contracts with hotel owners, as any permit would need to be approved by the union-allied City Council. Proponents have said the policy would help protect well-paying industrial jobs, which they say have been threatened by hotels in manufacturing districts.

Peter Ward Named #15 On Albany Power 100

Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward has been ranked #15 on this year's list of the most powerful people in Albany. The Albany Power 100 is an annual list published by City & State, shedding light on the individuals and interests that wield influence in our state government.

Union Victory! HTC wins a contract at the Hilton Albany

After a four-month long boycott and picket line, HTC has won a contract for the 146 workers at the Hilton Albany hotel.

Crain’s: Primary night winners and losers

"The 32,000-member [Hotel Trades Council] is a fraction the size of more prominent labor organizations 1199 SEIU or 32BJ SEIU, but punches well above its weight thanks to an efficient and aggressive political arm. All 26 council candidates it endorsed triumphed Tuesday night, roughly half of them in competitive contests."

HTC wins recognition at the Courtyard Marriott Midtown East

On August 1, 2017 workers in the Rooms, Casual Dining, and Repairs & Maintenance departments at the Courtyard Marriott Midtown East Hotel won Union representation by HTC.

HTC Certified as Representative for 600 Workers at Rivers Casino!

On February 27th, the Hotel Trades Council was certified as the bargaining representative of more than 600 workers at Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, NY. This marks the second casino that HTC has organized in less than a month.

1,200 Del Lago Casino workers organize with HTC!

On February 15th, HTC was certified as the collective bargaining representative of 1,200 bargaining unit employees at the new del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes Region. The del Lago is the second major casino in New York State to be organized by our union.

Cuomo and Casino Owner Credit HTC for Rivers Casino Opening

At the press conference, Rivers Casino owner Neil Bluhm spoke on HTC President Peter Ward’s aid in passing legislation for upstate casinos. "Without Peter’s great work we wouldn’t be here. He was very instrumental in getting the legislation enacted, welcomed us and we look forward to working with you, Peter, in the future.”

Cuomo Proposes Free Tuition at New York State Colleges for Eligible Students

Peter Ward, President of the New York Hotel Trades Council, strongly endorsed the Governor’s groundbreaking proposal: "Governor Cuomo understands that a free college education amounts to a life-changing reality for working parents and their children, and for this among his countless work on behalf of middle class New Yorkers, we are proud to stand with him once again.”

HTC Wins Labor Board Election at Hampton Inn SoHo with 89% of the Vote

The workers at the Hampton Inn SoHo voted overwhelmingly on December 9th to be represented by our union.

Pakistan: Protest Mass Arrest of Union Members at Quetta Serena Hotel!

TAKE ACTION: Sixty-three members and officers of the IUF-affiliated Quetta Serena Hotel Union were arrested on November 30 for peacefully gathering in front of the hotel after union members were denied entry and prevented from performing their jobs.

Baccarat Workers Vote “UNION YES” by Large Majority!

The workers of the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York have voted by a large majority, in an election conducted by the U.S. Government, to be represented by our union.

Peter Ward Speaks on New Airbnb Legislation

HTC President Peter Ward spoke on NY1's Inside City Hall, days after Governor Cuomo signed a new law making it illegal to advertise illegal short-term apartment rentals on websites like Airbnb.

Peter Ward’s Letter to Trump Taj Mahal Strikers

Peter Ward addresses striking workers at the Trump Taj Mahal and the members of Local 54 Unite Here in Atlantic City with a message of support.