Albany, NY – On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO, I congratulate Peter Ward, president of the New York Hotel Trades Council for his leadership in securing a fair contract agreement with the Hilton Albany and for safeguarding important benefits for his members and their families.
I am also very proud of the dedicated HTC members who maintained a presence outside the Hilton Albany for four months, never once wavering during this labor dispute.
I thank all of our union affiliates who supported their brothers and sisters by joining them on the picket line and I applaud all those who did the right thing and boycotted the hotel during this fight. Their support helped to send a powerful message that when working people stand together their collective voice will always be heard.
I encourage our affiliates to continue showing their support to our brothers and sisters of the HTC by resuming business with the Hilton Albany now that the boycott has been lifted.