Labor deal struck at Co-op City

(AP) - Management and workers at the nation's biggestcooperative housing complex have reached a tentative contractagreement.

Three weeks ago, New York City health officials declared anemergency because uncollected garbage was piling up at the 320-acreCo-op City complex in the Bronx.

The deal announced Wednesday requires final approval frommembers of the Service Employees International Union and the boardof RiverBay Corp. The full terms of the contract will not bereleased until after the ratification vote. No date has been set.

Both sides say the tentative agreement ensures quality serviceto Co-op City's nearly 60,000 residents, with salary adjustmentsand health care.

The unionized Co-op City staff includes garbage collectors,janitors, repairmen, groundskeepers and other building workers.

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