Westchester apartment building workers may strike

Hundreds of superintendents, doormen and janitors who work in apartment buildings in Westchester could walk off the job Friday if they don't get a new contract.

On Wednesday, the organization representing the building owners spoke out. Representatives for the landlords say they are ready to offer a better package and are working on it. A spokesman for the building owners claims requests for financial information they need to make a new offer has fallen on deaf ears, something the union denies.

Local 32BJ, the union representing more than 600 workers, says benefits must be increased to pay for health care costs. Currently, the workers have a $50,000 cap on medical benefits and a $2,500 a year cap on prescription drugs.

As the week winds down, both union workers and landlords have busy schedules. The union has a rally planned for Thursday and building owners have their regular membership meeting Wednesday evening.

The workers' contract expired last month and talks resume Friday.

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