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2014 Residential Contract Campaign


Building Workers Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract!


City’s Doormen Reach New Labor Agreement
Under the deal, a typical New York City doorman or porter in a unionized building would make $49,402 by 2018, a jump from the current annual pay of $44,389. The increase would go into effect incrementally over four years. Read More »
Doormen Reach a Tentative Agreement With Landlords
The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by members, represents a slight increase over the 10 percent raise that the union, 32BJ SEIU and city landlords agreed to in 2010, bringing doormen’s salaries to about $44,000. Read More »
Thousands Of NYC Building Service Workers Rally For Fair Contract
From your apartment building to the street, a march and rally planned by building service workers took place Wednesday to coincide with a strike authorization vote. Read More »
Ultraluxury Apartment Sales Drive Records in Manhattan Real Estate
The average price for an apartment in Manhattan set a record at $1,715,741 during the first quarter, up 30 percent compared with a year ago. Read More »
New York Doormen Assert Their Right to Live in the City Where They Work
The ad on a New York subway shows the smiling face of Anton Rudovic, who works as a doorman at an apartment building on the city's Upper East Side. Read More »
RAB, Doormen Begin Contract Negotiations
Negotiations for a new, multi-year contract began today between the Realty Advisory Board and 32BJ SEIU, the largest private sector union in New York. Read More »
City Doormen, Landlords Set to Bargain
The union representing the city's 30,000 doormen, superintendents and porters plans to leverage New York's booming real-estate market to get a better deal than it did last time from landlords when it opens contract negotiations Thursday. Read More »
Doormen Not Getting Required Wages at 421-a Buildings
Front desk personnel are being denied the wages they’re supposed to be earning — even though the buildings in which they work were lavished with a massive tax break that was supposed to guarantee their wages. Read More »
NYC Doormen Helping Prevent Elder Abuse
New York’s doormen are being enlisted as an army of eyes to look for signs of elder abuse: a stranger picking up the mail, the sudden presence of a rarely seen relative with an attitude, a bruise. Read More »
Demand for Doormen Skyrockets as Luxury Towers Rise in Astoria, Long Island City
The number of doormen across Queens is skyrocketing as new luxury developments rise up across Astoria and Long Island City, drawing in a wave of sharply dressed concierges to the front desks of gleaming new condos and apartments. Read More »
Chelsea Doormen at Luxury Building Near High Line Plan Halloween strike
The doormen and other workers at 520 West 23rd Street have voted to authorize a strike in response to what they've described as “intimidation attempts” by the condo's board over their efforts to unionize and join 32BJ SEIU. Read More »
Marathoner and Doorman Mirsad Kolenovic Commutes on the Run
When he’s not working his doorman job — Wednesdays and Thursdays — Kolenovic says he is running and training, even if it involves doing errands or visiting friends. Read More »
Doorman Who Slept in Storage Room to Help After Sandy Still Hard at Work
As Sandy's wind and rain lashed the city, Bajrushi stayed at his job at 225 W. 23rd St. and continued to stay in Chelsea for the five harrowing days that followed, keeping the building running while the power and heat were out. Read More »
Featherstone: Low Wages for Workers along the High Line
Real estate interests are making bank off the views of the High Line and failing to share the wealth with hardworking New Yorkers. Read More »
Employees at Downtown Brooklyn Building Protest for Higher Wages
Employees at a luxury apartment building in Downtown Brooklyn took to the streets on Monday to call for better wages and benefits. Read More »