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The Associated Press April 2, 2010, 9:56AM ET

Strike vote for Manhattan doormen, porters

Thousands of unionized New York City doormen and apartment building workers have voted to authorize a strike this month, potentially leaving some tenants without someone to carry their groceries or take out the trash.

Manhattan members of 32BJ voted Thursday to authorize the bargaining committee to call a strike if negotiations fail to result in a new contract by 12:01 a.m. on April 21.

Members in Brooklyn and Queens have already voted to authorize a strike.

A union representing thousands of doormen, porters, concierges and other apartment workers throughout the city is negotiating with an industry association representing building owners and managers.

At stake are wages, health benefits, sick days and overtime rules.

There hasn't been a strike since 1991, when apartment workers walked out for almost two weeks.

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