Crisis: Questions and Answers


Information about the Coronavirus, testing and possible exposure at work.

Relevant Contract Protections

Summary of relevant job security provisions in our master contracts

New York Unemployment Tips

For workers who are employed in New York State (even if they reside out-of-state).

New Jersey Unemployment Tips

For workers who are employed in New Jersey (even if they reside out-of-state).


Rules about the waiving of union dues obligations while members are laid off.


Current outlook for getting a job in the industry.

Union News

New options for accessing money in your retirement account during the Coronavirus crisis

April 8, 2020 9:00 PM

Many working people are struggling to make ends meet during the Coronavirus crisis and may need to access their retirement savings to get by.  

On March 27th, 2020, the Federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or “CARES Act”. The CARES Act includes new options for individuals to withdraw money from their retirement account during the crisis. 

A Message from Union President Peter Ward

April 6, 2020 7:00 PM

"What should the union do at a time like this? And it seems as a person and the leader of the union, it’s really quite simple. One, we have to protect our membership, protect them by providing them with healthcare and security when they're not at work and create a better environment for them when they are at work during this crisis. Second thing, is to preserve the union as an institution. Despite the fact that we are going to go through an enormous economic upheaval and that the future of our industry is, to some degree, uncertain, our job is to preserve the institution so that it continues to protect hotel workers and provide that unique bubble that Hotel Trades Council members live in as employees of hotels. And then finally, contribute. Contribute to the community, contribute to solutions, contribute to things that make the problem better instead of worse.” 

Counseling Services and Member Health Assistance Program Available Over the Phone

April 3, 2020 2:44 PM

Understandably, many people are feeling heightened anxiety and stress during this crisis. In an effort to meet the needs of those covered by the Industry-Wide Benefit Plan during this time, the Members Health Assistance Program (MHAP) is offering counseling services over the phone for existing patients as well as setting up new patients over the phone. All counseling sessions are totally confidential. To be connected with a counselor please call MHAP Monday thru Friday 7:30 AM– 7:00 PM at (212) 237-3037 or (888) 615-6427

Union wins extended healthcare in Division A hotels

March 31, 2020 11:00 AM

On the evening of Monday, March 30th, the arbitrator ruled that his previous decision on the extension of health benefits for HTC-represented workers, does indeed apply to Division A hotels in the same way it applies to IWA shops.  As some of you may know, some Division A hotels have already recognized the fact that they need to, along with shops that fall under the IWA contract, extend health benefits for their unionized employees. The Union went back to the arbitrator with the position that the decision should cover all Division A hotels. The arbitrator agreed with the union’s position. Congratulations to HTC-represented workers at these hotels.

HTC Wins Important Arbitration Extending Healthcare to Laid-off Workers

March 19, 2020 8:00 PM

The Union won an important victory in arbitration yesterday, guaranteeing workers continued health care if they are laid off as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

Union Negotiating Emergency Safety Protocols Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

March 20, 2020 4:30 PM

The Union is negotiating, company by company, a special emergency agreement with the hotel industry to address pressing concerns to our members caused by the Coronavirus Crisis. We are calling the agreement the “Coronavirus Hotel Safety Protocol,” and most of the major hotel operators have already signed on to it (see below for a current list). We are in urgent and energetic discussions with those companies who, as of yet, have not signed.