By The Associated Press

A deal was reached Wednesday morning between doormen and building owners, averting a strike that would have seen 30,000 workers walk off the job.

Union spokesman Kwame Patterson said the deal includes a nearly 10 percent wage increase over four years and no cuts in benefits for workers.

The two sides came to an agreement at 12:10 a.m., just minutes after the deadline had been extended, said Paterson. It still has to be ratified.

Nearly 1 million apartment dwellers rely on doormen and other building workers to make life in a high-rise run smoothly.

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The union and the Realty Advisory Board that represents building owners were fighting over wages and benefits, including health care, sick days and overtime rules.

Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union represents workers at 3,200 apartment buildings.