To date, talks between 32BJ and leaders of NY's Real Estate Industry made no progress on a new contract for 30,000 doormen and other apartment building workers.
The negotiations for a new multi-year contract covering more the 30,000 apartment building workers began on March 9 between 32BJ and the Realty Advisory Board (RAB), an industry association representing most building owners in New York City. Failure to reach an agreement could lead to a strike directly affecting more than one million New Yorkers living in over 3,200 apartment, condo and co-op buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
At midnight, Tuesday April 20th, the current contract with the Building Service Employees Union Local 32B-32J will expire with the possibility of a STRIKE.
32BJ feels that the Realty Advisory Board (RAB) put forth unfair and unacceptable cuts to the health care, overtime and sick days that thirty thousand apartment building workers and their families rely on to make ends meet.
For many New Yorkers, the last strike in 1991 is a distant memory. But New York residents rely heavily on their doormen in full service buildings, and all rely on porters who clean buildings and collect trash and handymen who make repairs.
"No one wants a strike," said Kyle Bragg, 32BJ Vice President for Residential Building Service Workers, "But we're committed to do what it takes to get workers what they need."
With more than 120,000 members concentrated in eight states, 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country.
The contract expires at 12:01 a.m. on April 21st.
If there is a strike your building will likely send out information about their plans.
If you live in a small building run by an individual landlord, ask how they plan to handle the strike should it happen.