Details on the Tentative Contract Agreement

Brothers and sisters –

I hope you’ve heard the great news by now: we won a strong agreement for the 30,000 residential workers who make New York home across this city. It was because of your work and your support that we have a deal that includes no givebacks, completely protects our healthcare and pension, and includes a strong wage increase that keeps ahead of inflation and the rising cost of living.

For doormen and porters, the pay increase per week is $25.60 this year, followed by a $21.00 per week increase in 2015, a $22.00 per week increase in 2016, and a $27.80 per week increase in 2017. Below is a grid outlining what the per hour and per week wage rate increases will be over the duration of the contract. By the end of the contract, doormen and porters will have gone from $44,389 per year to $49,402 per year. The numbers for handypersons and supers are somewhat higher.

By Héctor J. Figueroa
President, 32BJ SEIU

Brothers and sisters –

I hope you’ve heard the great news by now: we won a strong agreement for the 30,000 residential workers who make New York home across this city. It was because of your work and your support that we have a deal that includes no givebacks, completely protects our healthcare and pension, and includes a strong wage increase that keeps ahead of inflation and the rising cost of living.

For doormen and porters, the pay increase per week is $25.60 this year, followed by a $21.00 per week increase in 2015, a $22.00 per week increase in 2016, and a $27.80 per week increase in 2017. Below is a grid outlining what the per hour and per week wage rate increases will be over the duration of the contract. By the end of the contract, doormen and porters will have gone from $44,389 per year to $49,402 per year. The numbers for handypersons and supers are somewhat higher.

Current April 2014 April 2015 April 2016 April 2017 Increase Over Contract
Wage Rate Per Hour $21.34 $21.98 $22.51 $23.06 $23.75 $2.41
Wage Rate Per Week $854 $879 $900 $922 $950 $96
Wage Rate Per Year $44,389 $45,720 $46,812 $47,956 $49,402 $5,013

A critical part of what we call the “total package” are the costs the employers contribute towards health care, pension, 401(K) and legal and training benefits. Across the country, workers are being forced to pay for a large part of their health insurance themselves. Maintaining our 100% employer-paid family health insurance was a key part of our negotiating plan. We were successful.

I know how important these benefits are to you, and how they make it possible to live and work in New York City, supporting ourselves, our families and our communities. Below is a grid outlining the increases we won for the total package, for doormen and porters.

Current April 2014 April 2015 April 2016 April 2017 Increase Over Contract
Total Compensation Per Hour $30.77 $31.81 $32.89 $33.96 $35.24 $4.46
Total Compensation Per Week $1,231 $1,273 $1,316 $1,358 $1,409 $178
Total Compensation Per Year $64,012 $66,175 $68,411 $70,637 $73,289 $9,277
**Total Compensation does not include tax or paid leave.

I hope this answers any questions you might have had about the contract. Be sure to reach out to your field rep if you have any additional questions.

One thing should be crystal clear: we’ve won an incredible contract! It now needs to be ratified by residential members. You’ll be receiving a ratification packet in the mail next week, which will include a ballot to fill out and return to the union. Send it back as soon as you get it! And VOTE YES!