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32BJ Building Workers Reach Tentative Agreement with Realty Advisory Board

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.

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Contract Talks Begin for 31,000 New York City Apartment Building Workers

Negotiations for a new, multi-year contract begin today between the Realty Advisory Board (RAB) and 32BJ SEIU. The contract covers 31,000 doormen and women, superintendents, resident managers, handypersons, concierges and porters working at apartment buildings throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

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WE MAKE NEW YORK HOME

 

  • We are the 31,500 doormen, porters, handypersons, supers and resident managers who maintain New York’s apartment buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

 

  • The current four-year contract expires on April 20, 2018.

 

  • We make the city home for 1.5 million New Yorkers.

 

  • We work in over 3,500 buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

 

  • Our union has more than 80,000 members working in various sectors in New York City.

 

  • We have 73,000 members living in all five boroughs of New York City.

 

  • We come from over 60 different countries across the globe and speak 30 languages.

IT’S TOUGH OUT THERE: NEW YORK IS EXPENSIVE, AND COSTS ARE INCREASING

 

  • NYC is one of the most expensive cities in the world and more expensive than living in other major cities across the country including Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Chicago.

 

  • According to StreetEasy, average NYC asking rents have gone up 33% since 2010.

 

  • The New York City median household income is $58,856; doorpersons and porters in our union make $49,402 a year.

 

  • While the real wages of upper-income New Yorkers bounced back above their pre-recession highs by 2014, the bottom 50% of income earners—working and middle class New Yorkers — still have not recovered. The latest data says that their wages remained 10% down from 2007.

THE NEW YORK CITY ECONOMY IS STRONG, AND SO IS THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

 

  • NYC has added over 280,000 jobs just in the past four years.

 

  • Apartment sales prices have soared, with the Manhattan median sales price up 21% to $1.1 million since the last contract negotiations in 2014. Other boroughs have shown strong increases too with prices at or near record highs in Brooklyn and Queens.

 

  • The pre-debt operating profit margin for NYC building with at least 1 rent stabilized unit was at a high of about 41.2% in 2015, the latest year available. Margins have not been that high since 2002.

 

  • Doorman buildings in Manhattan command a rental premium of 26%-42% over non-doorman apartment buildings, depending on apartment size.