by John Santos
Vice President and Hudson Valley District Director
Brothers and sisters, today we are proud to say that we won a well-deserved contract for our 1,400 members – skilled, hard-working women and men who keep hundreds of residential buildings well-maintained, clean and safe for families across the Hudson Valley.
I encourage all Hudson Valley residential workers to come to the Ratification Vote on Wednesday, October 8 at 5:30 pm at Pace University, 1 Martine Avenue in White Plains, NY.
After months of negotiation, we have come to a residential contract agreement with the Building and Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region Inc., (BRI) a construction, development and real-estate-related industry association.
This victory is a result of members’ strength, unity, readiness and willingness to hit the streets. We were organized, disciplined, focused and ready to strike.
From the beginning of these negotiations, we maintained that residential workers should not be struggling to make ends meet in areas like Westchester, which remains one of the wealthiest counties in the United States.
I’m happy to report that we have reached a strong and reasonable tentative settlement with no economic givebacks. Our pension and healthcare remain protected, our quality training services are maintained and the deal includes a strong wage increase that keeps us ahead of the rising cost of living.
Again, I urge all Hudson Valley residential workers should come to the Ratification Vote on Wednesday, October 8 at 5:30 pm at Pace University, 1 Martine Avenue in White Plains, NY.
Through this contract, our employers recognized our value as professional and dedicated employees who make Hudson Valley home for 100,000 residents.
Our residential members will continue to have access to quality, cost-effective affordable family healthcare and can look forward to a secure, dignified retirement. They also will be better able to provide for themselves and their families and contribute to the economic strength of their local communities.
The union built tremendous political, community and labor support through this contract campaign. Many elected officials, community groups and other labor unions supported us in our fight to ensure that 1,400 working families can continue to afford to call Hudson Valley home. We thank all of you for your support.