New law requires large condominiums and co-ops to pay current staff wages – Business Observer
Governor of New York. Kathy hochul promulgated on Monday a measure which will require luxury condominiums and co-op buildings of 30 units or more to pay their maintenance workers a going wage.
The legislation applies to buildings that benefit from the tax abatement for condominiums and cooperatives, which have at least 30 units and an average assessed value per unit (AVV) of $ 60,000 or more. Apartments that have an AAV of $ 60,000 typically sell for between $ 800,000 and $ 1.2 million, union says 32BJ SEIU.
The SEIU, which represents about 30,000 building maintenance workers in New York City, said the new legislation would benefit 2,000 underpaid workers employed as doormen, cleaning and maintenance staff.
“It is a momentous day for construction service workers and their families who will finally start earning a living wage, ”said 32BJ SEIU President. Kyle Bragg said in a statement. “These luxury apartment buildings can afford to pay workers the going wages, and the front-line workers in essential construction services who have risked their lives to keep New Yorkers safe deserve good wages and good social benefits. ”
The current salary scale in the folder with the New York City Comptroller’s Office starts residential cleaners, porters and doormen at around $ 26 an hour with $ 13.78 an hour for benefits, and DIYers at $ 29 an hour with $ 13.71 an hour in benefits.
“There were a lot of days where I skipped meals just to save a little bit of money,” said Chris Sanchez, a porter in a building on the West Side of Manhattan. “I haven’t seen a doctor for two years because my job doesn’t provide health care and I can’t afford health insurance. Earning the current salary means that I can support my family without sacrificing meals, and I hope I can put some money aside to fulfill my dream of someday sending my son to college.
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