“meeting with other employees after work”

Unionized workers at the Strand, a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists alike, have been without a contract since their previous agreement expired at the end of August.

Two weeks ago, employees said they received a final contract offer from the store owners, which included a wage freeze for a year and a half, increases in their healthcare contributions — from $10 a week to $15 — and decreases in the number of personal and sick days workers are allotted.

The new contract would have also grouped employees into a two-tier system, eventually restoring some benefits for employees who started work at the store before September 1, 2011, but not for those who started later.

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