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Deal Reached That Averts a Walkout by Doormen

April 21, 2010


The owners of more than 3,200 apartment buildings in New York City reached an agreement on a new labor contract with the union that represents about 30,000 doormen, porters, janitors and building superintendents, averting a strike that was due to begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The talks went right to the wire, as they often have in the past, with the union resisting the owners’ demands for cuts in health care and other benefits. In the end, the owners agreed to a new four-year contract that includes a total pay increase of nearly 10 percent and no significant cuts in benefits for the workers, an official with the union, Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, said at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Representatives of the owners had negotiated with union officials for several days leading up to the expiration of a four-year contract. The main points of contention had been the owners’ demand that the workers share some of the cost of their medical and dental benefits.

A strike would have disrupted the daily routines of hundreds of thousands of middle-class residents from upper Broadway to Brownsville, as well as affluent owners of Park Avenue penthouses. Along with picket lines in front of many of their homes, they would be confronted with the loss of the people who sign for their packages, carry their luggage and let the pizza deliverers and dog walkers into the building. Residents of many buildings have been asked to volunteer to pitch in to sort the mail, announce visitors by intercom, operate elevators and haul garbage to the curb if necessary. [Read more…]

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My 4 ½ Year-Old Daughter Just Got Denied at Our Local Friends School Here in NYC

My 4 ½ year old daughter just got denied at our local Friends school here in NYC (I’m actually a Quaker for god’s sake ) and I just called the Head of School.
She got 99/98 on her ERB’s- her Grandmother has been a fixture at Friends Meeting of D.C. for 40 years and my uncle Tom, who
recently died,  ran Friends Central in Philadelphia for 17 years and was so proud to have left an amazing donation to the school.
On our tour every father was wearing a $1000 suit (I was in jeans and a dress shirt- it’s a Quaker school) and the street outside was full of Range Rovers. I’m having nightmares of all the spoiled monsters at Potomac School in DC  (and the enabling spineless star-struck faculty) and thinking I’m glad our smart, nice, polite, empathetic, thoughtful, incredibly talented little girl didn’t get in to that school.


MTA Enhances E-mail Alert System for NYC Commuters

Associated Press – January 26, 2010 5:35 PM ET

NEW YORK (AP) – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced improvements to its e-mail and text message system that alerts New York City commuters to subway, bus or commuter rail service disruptions.

The MTA on Tuesday says commuters can now update their accounts to receive only the information they want. Previously, commuters who had requested only planned service changes had also received additional, unwanted alerts on unexpected service delays or disruptions.

The MTA also says its 70,000 subscribers can suspend the alert service while away or on vacation.

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