NYC Doormen Won't Strike This Year
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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.