Apartment maintenance workers will not strike, contract agreement reached

After two days of deliberation, maintenance worker union leaders of Local 32 BJ and building owners have come to an agreement, and there will be no strike at hundreds of apartment buildings across the county. The two parties met at Antun's restaurant in Elmsford on Thursday, and negotiations took place for two days straight. The union authorized a strike to begin Monday in case the talks failed, but upon hammering out a new contract, the strike was put off. Workers have been on the job without a contract since September 30.Healthcare was the main sticking point between the two sides. Previously, workers had a $50,000 cap on health insurance, which could result in financial disaster if someone in a worker's family was seriously ill. The new contract allows a $2.5 million cap, and there is now no annual cap on prescription drugs. Workers will also receive a slight wage increase over the next three years, and will now have a 401K plan.Union members will meet on Thursday at Teamsters Local 456 in Elmsford to vote on the new contract. Building owners had no comment on the result of the negotiations.

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