Viorel Pasku, a doorman with a building on Central Park West, works in front of his building in New York City. Thousands of New York City doormen, porters and concierges have threatened to walk off the job April 21 if they cannot reach an agreement with building owners on healthcare and wage demands. If the strike occurs, it will affect about 28,000 workers and 3,500 buildings. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
They open doors, carry groceries and hail cabs for residents at some of New York City's most privileged apartment buildings. But for some, the job of doorman is more than a paycheck. It's about making people happy.
Come April 21, there may be less happiness to go around. Thousands of doormen, concierges and handymen could go on strike that day if their union and an industry association representing building owners fail to reach an agreement for a new four-year contract.
At stake are wages, health benefits, sick days and overtime rules. Doormen say they act as surrogate family members for thousands of New Yorkers, toting groceries, collecting packages and sometimes calling 911.