Peter Ward is President of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, the union that represents more than 35,000 hotel workers in New York City, Northern New Jersey and the Westchester and Albany-Saratoga areas.
Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Ward has always worked closely with hotel industry officials and elected leaders to keep New York as a prime destination for travelers, as the tourism capital of the world, and as a source of good employment.
Mr. Ward's has served as co-chair of the Labor Luncheons for the Boy Scouts of America, one of many organizations that have honored him for his community service. He received the Irish-American Labor Coalition's top award for his "outstanding contributions to the American labor movement and for the cause of Irish freedom." The Center Against Domestic Violence has recognized him for his work on behalf of abused women. He has also received the New York City Central Labor Council's top award for contributions to the labor movement. In 2012, he received the Yitzhak Rabin Leadership and Public Service Award.
Mr. Ward is a former board member of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the predecessor of NYC & Company, and a former co-chair of the Hudson Yards coalition. He was appointed as a member of the three-person New York Wage Commission whose recommendations on an increase in the minimum wage for tipped workers were put into effect by the state. In addition, he serves as the Recording Secretary of the UNITE HERE International Union and as a member of the Executive Boards of the New York City Central Labor Council and the New York State AFL-CIO.
Mr. Ward is a resident of Staten Island.