It came before the stroke of midnight.
The Realty Advisory Board and Local 32BJ averted a New Year’s Day strike involving more than 22,000 city office cleaners by agreeing to a new four-year contract, both sides announced last Friday following a tense standoff in New York.
The contract will increase wages by 5.6 percent and will include bonuses, according to an announcement posted on the Service Employees International Union official blog.
The agreement is set to be ratified during a final board vote today.
Hidden behind Commentary magazine’s pay wall is this description of Michael Bloomberg’s history with labor unions, from Fred Siegel and Sol Stern:
“The aftermath of 9/11 was an extraordinary lost opportunity for the city. It could have been a moment when, in the name of shared responsibility for bringing the city Read More
To hear Bloomberg explain it, teacher layoffs are a necessity… and a prerogative.
One day after putting out a map detailing where more than 4,000 teacher layoffs would fall in the five boroughs, Bloomberg told reporters in Brooklyn what exactly he needs in order to keep those educators employed.
“You’d have to get Read More
Hundreds of people massed in front of the News Corporation building yesterday evening in a show of solidarity with protestors in Wisconsin who have staged a days-long sit-in at the state Capitol there.
The crowd encompassed several unions including the Civil Services Employees Union, the Writers Guild of America and the United Federation of Teachers, Read More