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Submit Your Building Engineer Agreement Signatory Forms July 21, 2020   BOMA/Chicago has begun negotiations for a new Building Engineers Agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 399. The current list of signatories will not carry over to the new Agreement; once the new agreement is signed, all signatories to the existing Agreement…

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New City Labor Laws in Effect July 1: Minimum Wage, Fair Work Week and Anti-Retaliation June 24, 2020   Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave This July 1, the minimum wage will increase from $13.00 to either $13.50 or $14.00 per hour (depending on the number of workers at a business). For qualifying employers with 21 or…

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Maximize Your Remote Working Efficiency with These Four Tips Have you been operating at maximum efficiency throughout the stay at home order? If we’re honest, we can all note areas in our professional lives where efficiency has been impacted. For some the impact is minuscule, for others the impact is catastrophic. No matter where you…

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BOMA International Submits Recommendations to Congressional Leadership April 16, 2020   On Thursday, April 16, BOMA International sent a letter outlining recommendations to ensure the physical safety and economic security of the commercial buildings sector to congressional leadership as Congress considers additional COVID-19 relief legislation. The letter was signed by BOMA President Henry Chamberlain and Chair Scott…

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Recap of Federal Economic Relief in Response to Coronavirus March 20, 2020   On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and President Trump signed the bill into law. BOMA/Chicago’s labor law firm, Cozen O’Connor, provided a recap of some of the major provisions of the law which includes…

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Labor Contract Guidance for Signatory Buildings March 20, 2020   False rumors have been circulating to the effect that BOMA/Chicago and SEIU Local 1 have reached an agreement on changes to the collective bargaining agreements between us covering janitorial and security personnel as they relate to compensation for time off and reduced scheduling related to the…

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Governor Pritzker Signs State Stay at Home Order; Building Management and Maintenance Categorized as Essential Infrastructure March 20, 2020   Governor JB Pritzker announced today he signed a statewide stay at home order, aiming to keep new cases of COVID-19 from rapidly increasing and ensure the state’s health care system remains fully operational to treat patients…

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Just How ‘Fair’ is the City’s New Fair Workweek Ordinance? By Michael Cornicelli, BOMA/Chicago Executive Vice President Most BOMA/Chicago members know us as the champion for all aspects of the commercial real estate industry through our education, advocacy and networking efforts. Yet an interesting fact many people are surprised to learn is that one of…

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BOMA/Chicago Files Lawsuit to Protect Collective Bargaining Rights November 12, 2019 One of the primary reasons for BOMA/Chicago’s founding in 1902 was to represent building owners and managers in labor relations. For 117 years, we have successfully and collaboratively negotiated collective bargaining agreements with unions representing janitorial, engineering and security service workers in our member…

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Council Committee Approves Fair Work Week Ordinance July 24, 2019   After obtaining approval from the Chicago City Council Committee on Work Force Development a day earlier, the full City Council passed a substitute version of the Chicago Fair Work Week Ordinance on July 24. Prior to the vote, BOMA/Chicago had maintained its position that language requiring a waiver…

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