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.

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.

Thousands of doormen, porters, supers, and handypersons marched on Fifth Avenue and 79th Street around 5 p.m. as the union considers a possible strike if talks with building owners break down, 1010 WINS reported.

The contract for about 30,000 apartment building workers expires on April 20, WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman reported.

The workers are employed at 3,300 buildings throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Organizers said that with the real estate industry doing well, members of the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ are asking for a raise that allows them to keep up with the cost of living in New York, 1010 WINS reported.

“Rents are going up in record numbers,” union president Hector Figueroa told Silverman. “Our members are struggling to make ends meet.”