Key provisions of the deal include wage increases that rangefrom 4% to 13% for the three tiers of janitorial workers in theunion, along with increases of $384 to $765 per month in benefitpackages for qualifying workers.

Richard Dotts, president of Diversified Maintenance ServicesInc. in Los Angeles and one of the negotiators, says the contractcovers more than 8,000 janitors in Los Angeles County. Depending onthe geographic area where they work, janitors earn from $7.50 to$11 per hour, plus full family health insurance and benefits. BOMAsays the cost of health insurance and other benefits was ofparticular concern to both the building owners and the unionbecause health-care program costs have increased almost 40% overthe last three years, the length of the old contract.

This is the first time BOMA of Greater Los Angeles hasparticipated in janitorial negotiations with the SEIU. Earlier thisyear, the BOMA board of directors voted to have its labor relationscommittee negotiate the janitorial contract for those contractorsand building owners who wished to be represented. Building ownersrepresenting approximately 42 million sf of office space agreed toparticipate. The BOMA committee was led by Alan D. Levy, chairmanof Tishman International Cos. The LA BOMA chapter represents morethan 100 million sf of real estate in Los Angeles County.

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