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Hello, After several months of interviews and a cooking test I was offered a job at a very high end Union hotel in NYC.  I had put in my 2 weeks notice at my previous employer and finished a couple of days ago.  I got a call saying that some people had been laid off and that since its a union property those positions had to be filled within union im guessing.  So what could have happened and has this ever happened to any of you before?  I'm really upset because this was something I was looking forward too and is one of my dream jobs and always wanted to work in a place like this.

post #2 of 6

They will fill those positions with Current union members first.

post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by chefbuba View Post
 

They will fill those positions with Current union members first.

So once those are filled will I have to apply again?

post #4 of 6

You should read the union contract, it should spell out the hiring practices.

I was a teamster in Hollywood 15 yrs ago for a movie catering company as a Chef/Driver, from what I remember of the contract, any openings had to be offered to current members before any new hires would be considered.

I was lucky and did not have to jump through any hoops to get in, at the time the union had just been allowed to be "installed" into all catering operations, which at the time most weren't. I was the designated person to become the first union chef in our company because of my high volume experience.

All I had to do was fill out some paperwork and pay the dues. My pay nearly doubled.

 

But, hotel/restaurant union contracts and pay scales are Much different than Hollywood.

If you were offered a job, I would continue to pursue that offer, keep in touch with whomever offered you the job.

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by chefbuba View Post
 

You should read the union contract, it should spell out the hiring practices.

I was a teamster in Hollywood 15 yrs ago for a movie catering company as a Chef/Driver, from what I remember of the contract, any openings had to be offered to current members before any new hires would be considered.

I was lucky and did not have to jump through any hoops to get in, at the time the union had just been allowed to be "installed" into all catering operations, which at the time most weren't. I was the designated person to become the first union chef in our company because of my high volume experience.

All I had to do was fill out some paperwork and pay the dues. My pay nearly doubled.

 

But, hotel/restaurant union contracts and pay scales are Much different than Hollywood.

If you were offered a job, I would continue to pursue that offer, keep in touch with whomever offered you the job.

The problem is I never even signed the union paper work or got any guides.  The nly thing I signed was the offer letter and regular paper work so I cant really see the union contract.

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Originally Posted by rocktrns View Post
 

The problem is I never even signed the union paper work or got any guides.  The nly thing I signed was the offer letter and regular paper work so I cant really see the union contract.

Of course you cannot see the contract, you haven't learned the secret handshake nor the password :lol:

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