During the strike, elevators and escalators in Ontario continue to be
safe and maintained by highly-skilled and well-trained workers
TORONTO, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Today the National Elevator Escalator
Association (NEEA) has begun notifying striking elevator workers that
they will be recalled to work, effective June 17, 2013. This will only
include employees servicing elevating devices in new and existing
residential buildings. NEEA urges these workers to respect the law and
return to work in order to put an end to the inconvenience many
Ontarians have experienced.
Ontario's Labour Relations Act requires that any strikes affecting
construction of new residential buildings and repairs at existing
residential buildings must end on June 15, 2013, for the City of
Toronto, the Regions of Halton, Peel, York, Durham and the County of
Simcoe. Workers who have been on strike must return on June 17 to
perform this residential work.
As well, NEEA is pleased to return to mediation with the International
Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) today. NEEA has proposed a
significant wage increase and remains hopeful that a collective
agreement can be reached and will continue to work towards that end.
Ontarians should rest assured that elevating devices continue to be
safe. Claims otherwise made by some union leaders are untrue. To help
protect the most vulnerable Ontarians, we have assigned top priority
for repairs to elevators and escalators in hospitals and nursing
homes. Buildings with only one elevator are also being prioritized.
The Technical Standards Safety Authority (TSSA), the Ontario government
agency tasked with safety inspections of elevating devices, also
continues to diligently conduct its work and is unaffected by this
Workers have been on strike since May 1, 2013 when, despite NEEA's best
efforts to achieve a negotiated collective agreement with IUEC, the
union broke off negotiations which forced its members out on strike.
Since that time, NEEA member companies have been deploying
highly-skilled and well-trained workers to keep the vast majority of
Ontario's elevating devices working in good order. Despite the strike,
today more than 95% of all of the elevators and escalators in Ontario
maintained by KONE, Otis, Schindler and ThyssenKrupp Elevator continue
to be fully operational.
About National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA)
NEEA is made up of member companies by KONE, Otis, Schindler and
ThyssenKrupp Elevator. Ontario's Labour Relations Act designates the
National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA) as an employer
bargaining agency. In this role, NEEA collectively bargains with IUEC
for all employers performing Industrial-Commercial-Institutional (ICI)
construction in Ontario.
SOURCE: National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA)
For further information:
Kelly Aizicowitz, firstname.lastname@example.org (quick response), (416) 864-7909