On August 7, 2012, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) held a press conference with Julie Menin, long-time community leader, and the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council to announce growing support for the Justice for 128 Hester Campaign targeting the developer of the new Wyndham Garden Chinatown Hotel.
“I am proud to stand with the tenants of 128 Hester Street and Asian Americans for Equality in calling on the developer to provide fair compensation for displacing these families from their homes,” said Julie Menin. “We must ensure that we have responsible development in our city and that we protect the stability of our communities from displacement.”
“The 30,000 members of the Hotel Workers Union are proud to stand with the tenants of 128 Hester in their fight for just and fair compensation,” said Josh Gold, New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council. “As Hotel developers continue to benefit from a sustained tourism boom, we must together make sure that these developers are responsible to our communities. Responsible development means that developers should not only provide fair wages and benefits, like healthcare, to employees but it also means that developers must be good neighbors.”
The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council is the union of hotel, hospitality and gaming workers in New York. The New York Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO (HTC), has a rich and proud history as a progressive, fighting union. For more than 70 years, it has made life better for literally hundreds of thousands of hotel workers and the members of their families. Approximately 75% of the hotel industry within the five boroughs of New York City is under contract to HTC. HTC represents over 30,000 non-managerial employees working in all hotel departments in over 300 Hotels across New York and New Jersey.
AAFE will continue to pursue Justice for the 128 Hester Street tenants and asks the community to:
#1) Sign our Justice for 128 Hester Street petition. The petition asks that Wyndham Worldwide and William Su, the owner of 128 Hester Street and 91-93 Bowery to:
- Rebuild 128 Hester Street and restore all rent-regulated tenants into their respective units; or
- Provide permanent relocation units for the families within the neighborhood; and
- Provide just and fair compensation for their housing loss and relocation cost.
#2) Elected officials and community leaders should not attend the opening of the Chinatown Wyndham Hotel. AAFE will be sending letters out asking leaders in the community not to patronize this establishment.
#3) Do not book your future stay at the Chinatown Wyndham Hotel.