Strike averted – 1,400 Hudson Valley 32BJ SEIU residential construction workers and BRI reach tentative agreement on new 4-year contract

After weeks of negotiations, on September 30, the Building and Realty Institute (BRI) and 32BJ SEIU tentatively agreed to a four-year agreement that will affect 1,400 home building services workers in 500 co-ops, condos and apartment buildings. rental apartments. throughout the Mid-Hudson region.

The deal, which replaces the previous four-year contract which expires at midnight September 30, is pending a ratification vote by 32BJ members. Once ratified, the contract will run until September 30, 2026.

The new contract provides a 15.71% wage increase over four years and continues to provide fully employer-funded health benefits covering medical, dental, optical and prescription drugs. The agreement extends fully employer-funded pensions and access to legal services and union training funds, as well as maintaining the generous vacation and time off policies from previous contracts.

“Hudson Valley workers have wielded their power and have now won a phenomenal deal, said 32BJ President Kyle Bragg. “Not only did they get excellent pay and pension increases to meet the rising cost of living, but this tentative agreement crucially protects their excellent employer-paid health care while maintaining the integrity of their bargaining unit. I want to extend my congratulations to these essential workers in the Hudson Valley! »

“The owners, managing agents, co-op shareholders and condo residents who make up BRI appreciate the essential, hardworking men and women who occupy residential properties throughout the Hudson Valley,” said BRI CEO Tim Foley. “We are very pleased to have reached an agreement that maintains their benefits and offers the highest annual salary increases since the start of our contract, but structured in a way to make it affordable and sustainable for busy middle-class residents. by higher energy, utility, insurance and building material costs. We respect our workers for their outstanding performance in the difficult circumstances caused by the pandemic and the efforts they make every day to keep the residents who rely on them safe, and we look forward to continuing our partnership to keep New Yorkers in safe accommodation. , worthy and affordable.

“We have been through so much and given so much to keep our residents and buildings safe during the pandemic – before vaccines and before real PPE,” said building superintendent Tony Castiglione. “This deal feels like we’re getting some recognition for everything we’ve sacrificed.”

“I guess we’re not going to strike. I’ve been working as a doorman for 35 years and the last two years are nothing like I’ve ever seen. said the doorman Félix Cano. “When the pandemic hit, we were inundated with packages. It feels good to get a tentative agreement that honors everything we’ve done.

Lisa DeRosa, president of BRI and DeRosa Builders, agreed that the tentative agreement was fair to all parties. “We are very proud of our ability to be a source of solid middle-class jobs and to provide excellent services to the residents of our buildings. Despite the massive economic headwinds caused by the effects of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act, the moratorium on evictions, the added costs of keeping residents and workers safe during the pandemic, and the rise of the inflation, we believe we have an agreement that is both respectful of these essential workers and sustainable for our residents. We are grateful for the performance and commitment of our home building services workers during these difficult times and look forward to continuing our partnership through the challenges ahead.

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