(Gabrielle Sierra) A group of apartment workers gathered yesterday in front of High Line park's luxury apartment buildings to speak out for higher wages and benefit standards. The protestors—most of whom currently hold jobs as porters, maintenance workers, concierge, or doormen—stopped on the sidewalk of five local buildings to call out their employers, chanting slogans like, "When we fight we win" and "Poverty at play."
Santos Collado, a young doorman for the luxury building Vesta 24 on 10th Ave—where a one bedroom apartment will run you $1.7 million—is concerned that his future plans for a family or home will be unrealistic under the current conditions. "I make $12.10 an hour, there is no future to that," said Collado, standing in front of the lobby where he spends each day. "I have no health insurance, and I have to pay out of my pocket when I get sick."
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