Co-op City strike deadline extended

(08/05/03) CO-OP CITY - A potential strike by Co-op City workers is on hold for at least 48 hours. The decision by the union representing workers of Local 32BJ and Co-op City management was made Tuesday after Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. stepped in.

The workers want a three-year contract that gives them salaries and benefits equivalent to building workers in other boroughs. They have been working without a contract since May 31.

Union representatives and Riverbay Corporation have been meeting over the last few weeks to discuss the issues, but little progress has been made.

Some 50,000 residents could be affected if workers walk off the job. Local 32BJ includes services workers, porters, maintenance workers, truck drivers, floormen and utility men.

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