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Hiring a New Building Super

May 31, 2018

The Cooperator
By A.J. Sidransky

Co-op and condo buildings are complex social communities.  At the heart of many of these communities is the superintendent.  The super is the command center of the physical plant. He or she keeps it running like a well-oiled machine, and knows every inch, crack and crevice of the property.  Typically, supers live in the building and stay with the community for many years, often decades. A good, trustworthy super is invaluable.

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One additional item to consider is whether the building is a union building. If it is, says Phyllis Weisberg, a partner at the law firm of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP in Manhattan, “you obviously need a union super.  And the board should be mindful of the probationary period under a union contract.” The union that represents property workers is 32BJ SEIU, which is the largest property services workers union in the country.

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