Co-op City workers return to work Wednesday

June 9, 2010 3:47:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of workers are returning to Co-op City after a weeklong contract dispute at the nation's largest cooperative housing complex. Co-op City management and the union representing about 500 workers agreed Tuesday to resume negotiations. Union members were going back to work at the Bronx complex Wednesday morning.

The crisis started when the contract expired between RiverBay Corp. and the union representing garbage collectors, janitors, repairmen, groundskeepers and other building workers.

About 40 tons of garbage had been piling up each day.

The dispute is over wages and health care coverage. Union spokesman Matt Nerzig said the two sides are expected to resume talks sometime this week.

The 320-acre site has almost 60,000 residents.