Strike deadline nears for NYC office cleaners

AP News
Posted: Dec 30, 2011 2:50 PM
Strike deadline nears for NYC office cleaners

The union that represents cleaning staffers at more than 1,500 New York City office buildings says negotiations are continuing as Saturday's strike deadline approaches.

The contract for 22,000 office cleaners represented by Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union expires at midnight Saturday.

The two sides were bargaining Friday. A union spokesman says they remain far apart. A spokeswoman for building owners says they continue to negotiate toward a fair agreement.

The union says it won't accept owners' proposal to pay new hires less than existing workers.

The Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations represents management. The board has said the cleaners are the nation's highest-paid, with an average salary topping $47,000 a year.

Meanwhile, building cleaners' unions in Hartford and New Haven, Conn., reached a deal Wednesday night.