32BJ SEIU’s bargaining committee and the Realty Advisory Board reached a tentative agreement Friday that would provide 11.3% raises over four years, maintain health care, increase funding for training and retirement benefits and added protections against harassment. If ratified by the members, the contract would cover over 31,000 doormen, porters, handypersons and supers in 3,500 buildings throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island serving 1.5 million New Yorkers.
“This agreement honors the valuable contributions of the hardworking men and women who keep our building running and make our city strong,” said Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU. “With this agreement our members, our families and our communities are moving forward.”
32BJ members, who are part of the bargaining committee, said they planned to vote for the contract and encourage their co-workers to do the same.
“This contract will allow me to continue to provide a decent life for my kids. My dream is to send them to college,” said Derbert King, who works as a super in Queens and is a father of three.
The union built tremendous political, community and labor support through this contract campaign. Many elected officials, community groups and other labor unions support 32BJ in the fight to ensure New York remains a city for all.
“We would also like to thank all New Yorkers who showed their support through messages, letters, photos and encouraging words to our members” said Figueroa.
“We have won a strong contract by joining together in union and we will continue to fight together for those who do not yet have a union and suffer under poor conditions and low wages. What makes our union special is that when we win for our families we continue thinking about those workers who also deserve a chance to make ends meet and be able to live in this city,” said Figueroa.