New Yorkers gear up for life without doormen
A million New Yorkers may soon get much more familiar with how to run their buildings.
The union representing some 30,000 doormen and other workers were still without a contract deal Monday night and are facing a 12:01 a.m. strike deadline Wednesday, leaving residents to prepare for life without the handymen.
“There’s a sign-up board in the lobby with all the duties that workers perform — sorting mail, sweeping, mopping,” said Sean Wade, resident manager for a 165-unit condo in Kips Bay.
The two sides are divided over a new contract in which the owners of some 3,200 buildings want workers to pay for a portion of health insurance premiums and wait longer to earn top pay.
Here’s a 4-1-1 for New Yorkers on what they can expect in the event of a strike:
— Your building may be giving out identification cards that must be shown to security guards in the lobby. The names of regular workers, such as housekeepers, and guests would be put on a list kept by a guard.
— You may also end up getting familiar with the route to your building’s dumpster if there is no volunteer effort being organized for garbage collection.
— Forget door-to-door service. While regular mail will be delivered, FedEx and UPS officials said workers, who are unlikely to cross a picket line, will contact you to meet them at a nearby corner.
— Finally, if you’ve been holding your breath to move in to your first doorman apartment, you might have to wait a little longer. Move-ins may be be rescheduled.