It’s Official: Wages for Three Unions Working at Javits Frozen Until Next Summer

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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New York, NY – Scheduled 2009 raises for members of three labor unions working at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York were put on hold until Summer 2010.

Management of the center said the freeze in wages and benefits was a “response to these challenging economic times.” The freeze was agreed to by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the New York City District Council of Carpenters.

The agreement means that as of August 5, the previous year’s contract rates were in effect. The wage and benefit increases for 2009 were deferred until May 12, 2010 for electricians, June 30, 2010 for carpenters and July 12, 2010 for freight handlers.

The wage freeze comes less than two months after the State of New York gave the green light to a plan to renovate the facility and add 40,000 square feet of exhibit space. Javits Center offers 760,000 net square feet of exhibit space and is ranked No. 16 in TSE’s directory of the World’s Top Convention Centers.

Reach Gerald McQueen, president and CEO, at (212) 216-2000 or gmcqueen@javitscenter.com