Westchester apartment workers put strike on hold; talks to resume next week

Although no agreement was reached, more than 600 maintenance workers will stay on the job for now.

Members of Local 32BJ, the union representing more than 600 building workers across Westchester, and representatives of the Building and Realty Institute of Westchester (BRI), met on Friday but were unable to agree on a contract. A Local 32BJ union representative said it's hard to say if progress was made, but that it is always encouraging when the two sides agree to continue talks.

The workers, who include janitors, doormen, and maintenance men, want better health care options and higher wages. The workers' union contract expired last month, and they say a $50,000 cap on medical benefits and a $2,500 a year limit on prescription drugs are preventing a contract settlement.

Workers did stage a one week strike three years ago, but both sides are hoping it doesn't come down to that. Talks are set to resume next Thursday.

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