Strike By Building Service Employees

The contract with Local 32B-32J of the Building Service Employees Union expires at 11:59 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018. Your building is a member of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, which is actively negotiating with the Union on your behalf to reach a fair and equitable collective bargaining agreement. If an agreement is not reached prior to that time, the building employees may go on strike. In such event, the Board of this building is prepared to take certain emergency measures to ensure the safety, health and welfare of all residents. The success of these measures will depend upon your full cooperation.

We are counting on all of you to assist in maintaining essential building services and to reduce the work burden on the Superintendent and all who volunteer to help as much as possible.

Building Superintendent – The superintendent will not be on strike and will work with the Board and the managing agent, to help maintain essential services.

Security – A security guard will be on duty in the lobby as necessary to check I.D. cards. To receive an I.D. card please contact the superintendent. Persons without I.D cards will not be admitted unless a building resident with an I.D. comes down to the lobby to meet them. Please complete the attached information sheet and return it to the Superintendent by April 16, 2018. I.D. cards will be produced from these documents.

Keys – During the strike the front door may be locked for periods of time. Please make sure you have a working key for the lobby doors.

Guests and Deliveries – Guests and deliveries are the responsibility of individual residents. If you are expecting a delivery please inform the security guard in advance of anticipated arrival or delivery time. Please note that no deliveries requiring the service car (where applicable) or service entrance will be accepted.

Garbage – Residents will be responsible for taking their garbage down for collection on appropriate days. (You will be advised of the garbage pickup schedule as we approach the strike date.) All garbage must be put in plastic bags, which the superintendent will provide on request.

Please store all recyclable items in your apartment. Sanitation workers generally refuse to cross a picket line to collect garbage until a health emergency exists.

If a sick or elderly person lives near you who might have difficulty removing garbage in this manner, please offer your help.

Morning Newspapers – The New York Times and other newspapers will be left in the lobby for you to pick up each morning. Papers not picked up by evening will be discarded.

Moving and Renovations – No move-ins or move-outs will be permitted during the strike. No contractors will be permitted to work in the building during the strike except only on an emergency basis to remedy immediately hazardous conditions such as a gas or water leak or electrical outage.

In Buildings Where the US Mail Delivers to Boxes – Regular US Mail deliveries will be made. Any mail or packages requiring signature will not be accepted. Package delivery (including US Mail requiring signatures) and messengers will be asked to leave notices at the front desk.

Laundry Room – Kindly keep your use of the laundry facilities to a minimum during the strike. Please be aware of the importance of proper use of the machines and of cleaning them after each use. It will be difficult to get service if breakdowns occur during the strike.

The Board will keep you informed of all developments by posting notices in the lobby. Please keep this memo handy and refer to it for information. Additional communications will follow in the coming days and weeks ahead of the April 20, 2018 strike deadline.

If we all cooperate and follow the procedures outlined above, we should be able to weather the strike if it occurs with a minimum of difficulty and discomfort.

Resident Information

Apartment: ________

Names of all individuals residing in the apartment:
(Please print name, as it should appear on the ID card.)

1. ________________________________________
2. ________________________________________
3. ________________________________________
4. ________________________________________
5. ________________________________________
6. ________________________________________
7. ________________________________________

Names of any regularly employed household help:
(Please print name as it should appear on the ID card.)

1. _________________________________________
2. _________________________________________
3. _________________________________________
4. _________________________________________
5. _________________________________________
6. _________________________________________
7. _________________________________________

Home / cell phone numbers:

1. _________________________________________
2. _________________________________________

Office phone numbers

1. __________________________________________
2. __________________________________________

Email addresses:

1. __________________________________________
2. __________________________________________

Please return this form to your superintendent before April 16, 2018.

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