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Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations Reaches Deal With Union of Property Service Workers

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The Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations has reached a tentative agreement with one of the city's property services workers unions, potentially avoiding a large-scale strike.

The deal between them and Local 32BJ includes a more than 11 percent raise over four years and keeps health care and retirement benefits in place.

The contract, which was set to expire April 20, still has to be voted on by the union's nearly 30,000 doormen, porters and other building workers throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

Negotiators on both sides of the bargaining table believe the deal will be ratified.

"The Real Estate Advisory Board and Local 32BJ have reached an agreement, a four-year contract that will make it possible for 30,000 members of our union to continue to live in the city they work and 2 million residents continue to enjoy their services," said Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU.

The last citywide building workers strike happened more than two decades ago.

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