Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Back to Work in Office Buildings

June 8, 2020

By Stephanie West

New York, NY – Business and labor from the real estate industry collaborated to create comprehensive health and safety protocols as New Yorkers head back to work. 

“Like all New Yorkers, I am thankful for the heroic work our healthcare professionals, building service workers, and other essential personnel did over the past three months to keep our City safe and our people healthy. We must honor their hard work and the lives they saved by remaining vigilant of public health recommendations and requirements,” said REBNY President James Whelan.

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), 32BJ SEIU, Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc., (RAB), Local 94 International Union of Operating Engineers,, and the Building Owners & Managers Association of Greater New York (BOMA-NY), have issued New York City’s most comprehensive guidelines to facilitate the safe and healthy reentry into commercial office buildings. The guidelines will arm building owners and property managers with concrete strategies based on the recommendations of governmental and public health authorities. New Yorkers are looking forward to returning to their offices with these new healh and safety procedures in place.

“After some 80 days of illness, heartache, and isolation we are all excited to return to our buildings. We also know that we must continue to be both diligent and cautious so as to observe recommended social distancing while at work both for ourselves, our loved ones and everyone we encounter in our buildings,” said Kuba Brown, Business Manager/Financial Secretary IUOE Local 94

“We are pleased to work closely with REBNY on some of the most comprehensive reopening guidelines in the country. These guidelines were carefully designed to protect the health of building service workers and the public with stringent cleaning, maintenance, security, and social distance protocols,” said Kyle Bragg, President of 32BJ SEIU. 

June 8, 2020

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