Cleaners at NYC Office Buildings Set Strike Vote

The union represents cleaning staff at more than 1,500 NYC buildings.

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    The union that represents cleaning staff at more than 1,500 New York City office buildings is set to vote on whether to authorize a strike.

    Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union will vote Thursday on whether to grant its bargaining committee the authority to call a strike. The current contract expires Dec. 31.

    The union says it will not accept management's proposal for a two-tier wage structure that would pay new hires less than existing workers.

    A management group says New York City's building workers are the highest-paid in the country.

    The Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations says the workers earn an average salary of $47,107. The realty board says the total cost per employee including benefits is $76,721.

    The last office cleaners' strike was in 1996.