On Friday, September 17, Governor Kathy Hochul joined porters, doormen and other building service workers at Columbus Circle in Manhattan to celebrate a new law that will raise wages to the industry standard for over 2,000 frontline workers.
Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Carmen de la Rosa (AD-72, Inwood), and Building Service Workers Union SEIU 32BJ President Kyle Bragg were on hand as well, along with a number of 32BJ members. 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country, with 175,000 members in 11 states and Washington, DC, including 85,000 in New York.
The new law requires that large luxury co-op and condo buildings receiving the Cooperative & Condominium Tax Abatement pay their building service workers the prevailing wage. Under the new law, affected workers - many of whom currently make around minimum wage - will receive robust healthcare benefits and see their wage rate rise to $26.45 per hour or more, the rates received by the more than 35,000 porters, supers and doormen who are 32BJ members.
"Building service workers made tremendous sacrifices on the pandemic frontlines to keep this city safe during its darkest moments, and they deserve fair wages and benefits for themselves and their families,” said Hochul.
“32BJ members have fought hard for decades to ensure that building service jobs are good jobs that benefit the community, and workers in these luxury buildings were left behind for far too long,” said Bragg. “We thank Governor Kathy Hochul, as well as Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin and Assemblymember Carmen de la Rosa, for championing this important legislation.”