New York City doormen are on the job today. Members of the building workers union, Service Employees International Union Local 32 BJ, reached a new contract with building owners just after midnight, avoiding a walk-out of some 30,000 doormen, porters, concierges and other building workers today.
"Oh, I'm happy, I'm happy going to work tomorrow," Anthony Ciotti said. Ciotto is a doorman on the Upper East Side who participated in the round-the-clock negotiations. "You know, nobody benefits in a strike. You know, what you lose in a strike you can never gain back. We're happy we're going back to work, and everything starts all over tomorrow."
The new contract gives the workers a 10 percent wage increase over the next four years, and keeps their health benefits, sick days and pension plans intact. In return, the union has promised to help the recession-hit real estate industry by finding ways to save at least $70 million annually in their workers' health care costs starting in 2012.