THE BRONX - The maintenance staff at a Bronx apartment complex has voted to authorize a strike if their union fails to negotiate a new contract by Saturday.

Protesters rallied for an hour on Thursday outside the Concourse Village residential complex, where more than 60 workers from the Local 32BJ Union threatened to walk out on the job.

The workers say that they have been working without a contract for the past two years and are worried they could lose their pensions and medical benefits.

The set of buildings is made up of about 2,000 residential units, with many tenants agreeing that the maintenance staff deserves more money. Residents also say that they are worried that a new contract would mean higher maintenance fees.

Staff members are demanding a new contract that promises a wage hike, yet union officials say negotiations have been at a standstill with the Concourse Village Coop Board.