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)
New York City doormen are taking to the streets today to rally for a new contract ahead of a threatened strike if building owners and the union fail to reach agreement on another four-year contract.
The "March and Rally for A New Contract for NYC Apartment Building Workers" will take place starting at 79th and 5th, from where marchers will head to 83rd and Park to rally.
Come April 21, thousands of doormen, concierges and handymen could go on strike if a new contract isn't secured. Issues on the negotiating table include 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.