Building workers threaten to strike over wages

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THE BRONX -

Bronx building workers gathered at Borough Hall to demand fair wages and benefits ahead of their upcoming contract negotiations.

Members of the Service Employees International Union of the local 32BJ say if they don't see what they feel they deserve in their new contracts, then they will strike.

Leaders of 32BJ say they are demanding wages and benefits that keep up with the rising cost of living in the Bronx.

They say the porters, doormen and building workers make Bronx residents feel safe and without them, the borough would be in trouble.

"Anytime property service workers have to take to the streets for a contract injustice, it impacts the city," said Kyle Bragg of 32BJ.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Borough President Ruben Diaz and other elected officials and activists joined the workers in their cause.

"It's important that the other people that are on the other side of that table that are negotiating the contract, they understand how much this means to 32BJ members and U.S. elected officials that we're standing here in 20-degree weather," Diaz said.

The Reality Advisory Board has until March 14 to come up with a new contract.

If 32BJ does not approve the new contract, they have the authorization to go on strike.

News 12 reached out to the Reality Advisory Board. They said they have no comment.

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