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NYC doormen and handymen strike averted!

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It’s a happy time in Manhattan when New York City’s iconic doormen and handymen get their increase every four years and residents can go on with their normal living routine.

Service Employees International Union 32 BJ has agreed to a tentative four-year deal that includes an 11.3% raise for doormen and handymen who work in residential buildings.

There will be no strike as Union 32BJ reached a tentative agreement on Friday with the Realty Advisory Board. Had the workers gone on strike it would have affected thousands of city residents.

If ratified by the SEIU 32BJ membership, the deal will cover 30,000 union workers in 3,300 buildings across the five boroughs.

The union said that the tentative agreement contained no givebacks and workers' pensions and health care packages are protected.

According to Hector Figueroa, president of SEIU 32BJ. "We are proud to say that we have made it a little easier for 30,000 New Yorkers to make this city their home. In a city that has become increasingly unequal, this contract will keep 30,000 building workers on a pathway to the middle class, which will also benefit the communities in which they live."

SEIU 32BJ's members are the highest-paid residential building service workers in the country. Ther tentative agreement includes a wage increase of 2.7% each year for four years.

New York City doormen will now earn $49,402 by the contract's end and that doesn’t even include the tips and the bonus’ they receive during the year. Along with the increase, the union's generous health care package has no employee contributions and remains intact along with their benefit pension plan.

Steven Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, said the agreement was “mutually beneficial” and thanked both sides for their work, adding that "The best evidence of a fair and solid agreement is when both sides make concessions, as happened here."

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