NYC Doormen Rally, March Amid Strike Threat

The contract covers more than 30,000 building service workers in more than 3,000 residential buildings

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014  |  Updated 9:15 PM EDT
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NYC Doormen Rally, March Amid Strike Threat

Thousands of New York City doormen rallied and marched through Manhattan Wednesday amid negotiations over their next contract.

The workers who hail cabs, walk dogs, sign for packages and help New Yorkers in many other ways say they could go on strike by the end of the month.

The Realty Advisory Board, which bargains with the union on behalf of the real estate industry, says the last contract, negotiated in 2010, covers more than 30,000 building service workers in more than 3,000 residential buildings in all five boroughs.

The contract includes doormen, porters, handymen and building superintendents.

The union is battling for a raise while also maintaining their current health and pension benefits.

The contract expires April 20.

The Realty Advisory Board tweeted Wednesday that negotiations "are going extremely well on both sides."

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