NY hotel workers union expands to NJ as COVID fuels labor organizing

Staff at 10 New Jersey hotels will be the latest to join the powerful hotel workers union, as the labor movement pushes to organize leisure and hospitality workers hit hard by the COVID pandemic.

The Hotel and Gaming Trades Council said that it had opened its first New Jersey office in Montclair on Wednesday, the same day that 140 hotel workers voted to ratify their contracts with the union.

Workers at hotels in Rutherford, Secaucus, Parsippany and East Rutherford were among those to join the union, which has seen “rapid growth” in the Garden State, the council said in a statement Thursday.

An estimated 40,000 employees are represented by the union across New Jersey and New York, including 6,000 staff at 57 New Jersey hotels, the group said.

Richard Maroko, president of the Hotel and Gaming Trades Council, said 140 New Jersey hotel workers would gain

“By voting to ratify these contracts, these workers are winning significantly higher wages for themselves, affordable health care for their families, and a pension plan that will see them through retirement,” HGTC President Richard Maroko, a longtime labor attorney who is also a member of NJ Transit’s board of directors, said in the statement. “All will make more under their union contract than they did before.”

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