Westchester building workers rally for a better contract

Hundreds of doormen, superintendents, handymen and other apartment building workers rallied in downtown White Plains for a new contract. The service men, who work in more than 600 buildings across Westchester, 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.

The Building and Realty Institute of Westchester (BRI) says it has tried to work towards a fair negotiation. BRI representatives say they already provide a full range of health benefits and pensions as well as holiday, sick and vacation time.

Contract negotiations are scheduled to resume on Friday. Workers say that will be the last chance the BRI has to work out a deal before they strike. A strike could mean others will have to complete many tasks such as taking out the garbage and routine maintenance work.

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