DEPM Building Staff Honored for Outstanding Work

For their exemplary work and long-term service, John Battle was named Doorman of the Year by Union 32BJ, and Robert Andrzejewski was named Resident Manager of the Year by the New York Association of Realty Managers (NYARM). John received his award at the Annual Building Service Workers Awards ceremony this Fall, and Robert will be honored in April at NYARM’s annual awards gala.
John was chosen due to the long-lasting friendships, honesty, and hard-working nature he has brought to the job for the past 24 years as doorman for the DEPM-managed Eastwood Towers at 355 East 72nd Street. “We are so proud that John has been named Doorman of the Year for 2014,” says John Janangelo, Executive Vice President of DEPM. “Congratulations to him for this outstanding honor.”
Yolanda Queen, Property Manager for the building, added, “Part of our job as managers is to ensure that every building has a great staff. The doormen are the most public presence in any building, and their attitude and attention make a real difference to every resident and their visitors. We greatly appreciate John’s positive outlook and genuine concern for the residents of Eastwood Towers.”
Robert Andrzejewski is Resident Manager at the DEPM-managed Charleston Condominium at 225 East 34th Street. Many of his colleagues will be there on April 24th to cheer him on as he accepts his award.
“Rob knows his job and does it well 150% of the time,” says DEPM Property Manager Sharon Langlais. “I trust him, the Board trusts him, and most importantly, the residents of The Charleston trust and respect him. He’s the Resident Manager that will stay up all night to make sure a problem in the building is resolved. He is dedicated and very loyal. The building is well maintained, the staff is top notch and that’s because of Rob. If anyone deserves this award, it’s him. He makes my job easier, and as a Property Manager in NYC you can’t ask for more.”
“Robert is a very special person,” says Margie Russell, Executive Director of NYARM. “He is ready to accept new ideas and move ahead, always with a smile. He is a shining example of the kind of person Jim is very good at attracting and keeping on the DEPM team,” she adds, referring to Jim O’Connor, President of Douglas Elliman Property Management.

Rob Andrzejewski and his wife Ela. Rob will receive NYARM's Resident Manager of the Year award at their April 24th Gala for his work at  the DEPM-managed Charleston Condominium on East 34th Street.

Rob Andrzejewski and his wife Ela. Rob will receive NYARM’s Resident Manager of the Year award at their April 24th Gala for his work at the DEPM-managed Charleston Condominium on East 34th Street.

April 20th Deadline Looms For Building Workers’ New Contract

At midnight on April 20th, the current contract of the building service workers Union 32BJ, the local arm of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), expires. If the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations (RAB), which represents building owners, and union leaders don’t reach a new agreement before then, union members have agreed that they will walk out on the job. The contract in question covers more than 30,000 building staff in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, and a walkout of this magnitude would have enormous implications for property owners, managers and residents all over the City. The last building workers strike, which took place in 1991, lasted 12 days, and left apartment owners on their own to bring out the trash, guard the front door, handle deliveries, hail cabs, and a host of other day-to-day tasks usually managed by doormen, handymen, porters and supers.

Since then, the union contract has successfully been renegotiated without a walkout. This year, negotiations began in late February and both sides remain optimistic that a mutually agreeable contract will be drawn up before the April 20th deadline.

On April 2nd, thousands of union members rallied in Manhattan in support of the union’s demand for raises, continued health care and retirement benefits, agreeing to walk off the job if their demands are not met by the April 20th deadline. Speaking to marchers at the rally, Union President Hector Figueroa stated, “With record high rents across the city, it’s time for our raise.” Negotiations resume April 8th, with hopes that the talks will be successful.

On April 2nd, building workers marched in support of union demands for higher wages.

On April 2nd, building workers marched in support of union demands for higher wages.

RAB President Howard Rothschild released a statement last week regarding the rally and vote, saying, “Negotiations with the Union are going extremely well so far because we are both committed to the same goal: reaching a fair contract that includes wage increases and protects the generous health and pension benefits that workers enjoy today.”

While we at Douglas Elliman Property Management are hoping for a positive outcome to the negotiations, our managers always prepare their buildings for any eventuality. By creating systems for resident volunteers to take over the jobs of building staff in the unfortunate event of a walkout, and keeping unit owners informed, we will do our best to make sure that every building runs smoothly and safely without interruption. Our 24/7 Strike Committee and Information Hotline are continuously monitoring the situation and are ready to implement plans if a strike occurs. Keep checking our Facebook page (on.fb.me/1qeBmG8) and this blog for updates, where we will continue to keep you informed of the latest news on the contract negotiations.

At midnight April 20th the current union contract with building workers expires.

At midnight April 20th the current union contract with building workers expires.