During the strike, elevators and escalators in Ontario continue to be
safe and maintained by trained, qualified workers
TORONTO, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Elevator Escalator
Association (NEEA) has filed an application with the Ontario Labour
Relations Board (OLRB) to require the International Union of Elevator
Constructors (IUEC) to comply with Section 150 of the Ontario Labour
Relations Act (OLRA) and direct their members to return to work on
residential buildings, effective June 17, 2013.
NEEA began asking elevator technicians assigned to work in new and
existing residential buildings in certain jurisdictions to return to
their positions on June 17th. While initial reaction from workers was positive, IUEC leaders have
advised workers not to comply with the law. NEEA believes that the
IUEC leadership's actions are unfortunate, and unfair to both workers
NEEA looks forward to its Friday hearing at the OLRB, and hopes that
employees will return to work as soon as possible. Should the IUEC and
workers not comply with a back-to-work order from the OLRB, they would
be engaging in an unlawful strike. In such a case, individual workers
could be subject to fines of $2,000 each, and the IUEC could be subject
to a fine of $25,000.
Ontario's Labour Relations Act requires that any strikes affecting
construction of new residential buildings, as well as 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 17th to perform this residential work.
In addition, NEEA was pleased to return to mediation with the IUEC this
week. 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 made to the contrary by some union leaders are untrue. To
help protect the most vulnerable Ontarians, NEEA has 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),
Ontario's regulator with responsibility for safety inspections of
elevating devices, continues to perform its work.
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 and opted to go on strike.
Since that time, NEEA member companies have been deploying trained,
qualified employees to keep the vast majority of Ontario's elevating
devices in good working order. Even under trying circumstances, 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 KONE, Otis, Schindler and
ThyssenKrupp Elevator. Ontario's Labour Relations Act designates the
NEEA as an employer bargaining agency. In this role, NEEA bargains
collectively with the IUEC for all employers performing
Industrial-Commercial-Institutional (ICI) construction in Ontario.
SOURCE: National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA)
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