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New York building pact.

Facing a strike deadline, the New York Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations and the Service Employees reached a 3-year agreement covering some 30,000 building and service maintenance workers in New York City. The Board bargains for the owners of commercial office and loft-manufacturing buildings in four boroughs in the city.

Under the terms of the agreement, wage rates for building supervisors were raised 67.5 cents an hour on January 1, 1990, 70 cents on January 1, 1991, and 75 cents on January 1, 1992. Workers in other job classifications received increases of 55 cents, 57.5 cents, and 62.5 cents on the same dates. In addition, the contract continues the cost-of-living allowances each year, equal to 4 cents per hour (up to 20 cents annually) for each 1-percent rise in the BLS Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners (CPI-W) in excess of 8.5 percent in the first year and 8 percent in the second year.

The contract also calls for the companies to pay all costs of a new benefit package. Weekly employer contributions to the health and welfare plans were set at $52.05 per employee (previously, $40.38), increasing to $61.83 on January 1, 1991, and $70.83 on January 1, 1992. The maximum monthly pension benefit for active employees was increased to $550 on January 1, 1990 (from $525), and advances to $575 on January 1, 1992; pension benefits for retirees were increased by 5 percent, up to the maximum rate for active employees. Life insurance benefits increased to $25,000 on January 1, 1992 (previously, $20,000).

Other terms include improvements in dental benefits, legal services, and meal allowances; establishment of unpaid parental leave of up to 2 weeks for employees working in buildings with more than three employees; and a $100 bonus for employees with perfect yearly attendance. *
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Title Annotation:New York Realty Advisory Board, Service Employees International Union agreement
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Apr 1, 1990
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