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Luxury NY Apartment Dwellers to Take Out Own Trash if Workers Strike

  • Residential staff could strike if there’s no deal by April 20
  • Property owners looking to cut workers’ vacation, sick leave
Central Park and the upper west side of New York City.

Central Park and the upper west side of New York City.

Photographer: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Residents of high-rise luxury apartments might have to take out their own trash and retrieve packages themselves as the doormen and staff for 3,000 New York buildings threaten to go on strike. 

The union contract for more than 30,000 workers from buildings owned by companies including Vornado Realty Trust and Related Cos. expires April 20. The property managers are looking to cut back employees’ vacation days and sick leave, while forcing staff to cover more of their healthcare costs, now fully borne by the management firms.