Deal struck to avoid New York doormen strike

An agreement was reached between New York City doormen and building owners, averting a threatened strike.

Union spokesman Kwame Patterson said they reached a deal early today that includes a nearly 10% wage increase over four years and no cuts in benefits for workers.

The union and building owners' association had until 12.01am to hammer out a deal. Mr Patterson said the agreement was reached at 12.10am. It still has to be ratified.

Nearly one million New York City apartment dwellers rely on doormen and other building workers to make life in a high-rise run smoothly.

The union and the Realty Advisory Board that represents building owners were fighting over wages and benefits, including health care, sick days and overtime rules.