Tentative contract for Bronx building workers

March 20, 2008 1:14:40 PM PDT
Bronx maintenance workers reached a tentative contract deal this morning with landlords, keeping them on the job at 500 borough buildings. Officials say the 4,000 residential building workers suspended plans to walk off the job starting with the 7 a.m. shifts after progress was made overnight in talks between their union, Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, and the Bronx Realty Advisory Board, representing landlords.

The deal is contingent upon a vote among the general membership.

The union includes maintenance workers, doormen and porters.

The Bronx workers were seeking a hike in the minimum-wage rate under the contract, now $10 an hour, and a pension increase.

The average hourly wage for building workers in other boroughs is $18.69, according to the union, but the average for Bronx workers is lower.