DBP Ends Eight Month Strike
After eight months of being on strike the 32BJ SEIU union maintenance workers of Dayton Beach Park finally ended their strike against the building’s co-op board and agreed to return to work with wage increases and a new three-year contract.
The 21 building service workers at Dayton Beach returned to work last Thursday with a new contract that protects their wage and benefit standards. According to the union the deal includes wage increases to 75 cents an hour effective immediately and will see another 55 cent increase on April 21 totaling a $1.30 an hour bump in pay within the first two months. The union also states that at the end of the contract in April 2014, the handymen and other workers on the premises will be paid according to the standard Realty Advisory Board (RAB) union standards for a majority of residential building service workers in the city.
The deal was the result of a compromise originally proposed at the start of the strike in July 2011 which included a reduction in staff and cost of living wage increases. The board however, wanted a reduction in staff plus four-year wage freezes, a clause that the union refused to budge on, resulting in the prolonged strike. According to 32BJ representatives, both sides had to compromise, but workers maintained standards, such as benefits, employer-paid family healthcare, pensions, 401K saving plans and advanced job training.
“From striking against an attack on their livelihoods to walking shoulder to shoulder on the picket line through tough weather, these workers have stood together against all odds,” said Kyle Bragg, vice president of 32BJ. “Their fight for what was right has not just secured their own good jobs, but has shown others that when working people stand together they can win.”
The workers, who include superintendents, maintenance men, porters and groundskeepers, went back to work after the co-op board voted on and signed the new contract and restored all previous health care benefits as well.
“This is fair agreement that is good for the workers, management and most importantly the tenants,” Bragg said in a statement. “We thank the community and the shareholders who stood by the workers during this ordeal.”
Dayton Beach Park Cooperative consists of five beachfront buildings with more than 5,000 residents living in 1149 units. The buildings are located at 8100, 8200, 8400, 8600 and 8800 Shorefront Parkway.