SEIU Health and Welfare Benefits Extended through August 31, 2020

June 18, 2020

The Trustees of the Participating Employers Health Trust voted to extend health and welfare benefits to employees who were laid off as a result of the pandemic through August 31, 2020. The additional coverage will not result in any additional cost to or contribution from the Employer.

BOMA/Chicago Contract with IUOE Local 399 Extended through September

April 28, 2019

As we continue to respond to the impact of COVID-19 and due to our inability to gather to negotiate, we have reached an agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 to extend the existing contract for building engineers through September 14, 2020.

A link to the agreement can be accessed at the bottom of this page if you are a member and are logged into the site.

Please note the agreement is exclusive to BOMA/Chicago members. To access, you must be a member and you must log into the website. If you have not yet logged in, please scroll to the top of the page and click "LOGIN" to log in using your username and password. Once you log in, you will see a link to the Tolling Agreement listed at the bottom of the page.

New Memorandum of Agreement with SEIU Local 1 for Janitorial and Security Contracts

Updated June 18, 2020

On March 27, 2020, BOMA/Chicago's Board of Directors ratified a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with SEIU Local 1 which was effective as of March 26, 2020. A link to the MOA can be accessed at the bottom of this page if you are a member and are logged into the site.

Please review carefully the MOA, which provides Employers with much-needed flexibility to adjust the number, scope, schedule, and hours of the security and cleaning workforce as building conditions are and continue to change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In June, the following provisions were extended through August 31, 2020:

  • If a reduction in force is necessary due to a change in scope, Employers need not provide the required 10-day advance notice.

  • Employers have the flexibility to change assignments, change schedules, and change the number of hours worked per week in response to impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers should continue to provide as much notice as possible to the impacted employees and also notify the union. (These provisions are addressed in paragraphs 4 and 5.)

  • The MOA provides that employees who are directed by their Employer to remain off work due to a workplace exposure to COVID-19 will receive up to two weeks of paid time off at their regularly scheduled rate.

  • Employees will be allowed to use their accrued PTO, if available, in the event of personal decisions by an employee to self-quarantine due to COVID-19.
     
  • The MOA also states that BOMA/Chicago and the Union will recommend that employees who are laid off as a result of the pandemic be able to continue their health insurance from the SEIU Local 1 and Participating Employers Health Trust for an additional thirty days from the date of their layoff or loss of eligibility. The Trustees of the Health Trust retain authority to make this change, and the MOA provides that such an additional coverage will not result in any additional cost to or contribution from the Employer. (These provisions are addressed in paragraphs 1 – 3.) The Trustees of the Health Trust approved that recommendation today.

On March 31, 2020, BOMA/Chicago labor attorney, Jeremy Glenn with Cozen O'Connor, presented a webinar reviewing the MOA and the federal economic stimulus package. BOMA/Chicago members can view webinar and slides (members will need to login to view).

How Health Insurance Extension Under the MOA Will Work

The original contracts with SEIU Local 1 provide for health insurance coverage for the entire month in which the layoff occurs. Under the MOA, anyone laid off as a consequence of COVID-19 impact would receive an additional 30 day extension of health insurance. The MOA provides that such an additional coverage will not result in any additional cost to or contribution from the Employer.
 
Here are some examples of how this would work: 

  • Layoff effective today through March 31 => Under original contract, Health Insurance would end March 31. Under MOA, Health Insurance will be extended through April 30
  • Layoff effective April 1 through April 30 => Under original contract, Health Insurance would end April 30. Under MOA, Health Insurance will be extended through May 31

Please note the Memorandum of Agreement is exclusive to BOMA/Chicago members. To access, you must be a member and you must log into the website. If you have not yet logged in, please scroll to the top of the page and click "LOGIN" to log in using your username and password. Once you log in, you will see a link to the Memorandum of Agreement listed at the bottom of the page.

Tolling Agreement Postponing Grievances and Arbitrations for a Period of 30 Days

March 27, 2020

BOMA/Chicago and the union also agreed to a related Tolling Agreement providing that for a period of 30 days the parties will essentially postpone grievances, arbitrations, and any other applicable statutes of limitations, with respect to grievances under the MOA or the existing collective bargaining agreements.

A link to the Tolling Agreement can be accessed at the bottom of this page if you are a member and are logged into the site.

Please note the Tolling Agreement is exclusive to BOMA/Chicago members. To access, you must be a member and you must log into the website. If you have not yet logged in, please scroll to the top of the page and click "LOGIN" to log in using your username and password. Once you log in, you will see a link to the Tolling Agreement listed at the bottom of the page.

Labor Contract Guidance for Signatory Buildings

March 20, 2020

To assist our building members and contractors, it's important to understand what our collective bargaining agreements permit and require in their current and unchanged forms.

BOMA/Chicago’s labor counsel has provided a memo that explains and clarifies relevant provisions in the collective bargaining agreement with IUOE Local 399 dealing with changes in workloads, staffing and compensation issues arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note the memo is exclusive to BOMA/Chicago members. To access, you must be a member and you must log into the website. If you have not yet logged in, please scroll to the top of the page and click "LOGIN" to log in using your username and password. Once you log in, you will see the link to the memo listed at the bottom of the page.

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 modifications to FMLA, paid sick leave, health care, tax credits and unemployment. The recap is available to all BOMA/Chicago members and requires you to be logged into the site to see and access the link to the recap document below.

Next the White House and Congress will focus on a third larger piece of COVID-19 legislation to provide additional economic relief.

Please note the recap is exclusive to BOMA/Chicago members. To access, you must be a member and you must log into the website. If you have not yet logged in, please scroll to the top of the page and click "LOGIN" to log in using your username and password. Once you log in, you will see the link to the recap at the bottom of the page.