Union Accepts NEEA's Offer to End Ontario's Elevator Strike

Negotiated Deal Is Good for Ontarians, Industry and Employees

TORONTO, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Elevator and Escalator Association (NEEA) announced today that the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) has accepted NEEA's offer to end the elevator strike in Ontario.

NEEA's offer to the IUEC, which the union has accepted, will allow NEEA's member companies to achieve greater control over their workforce, increase flexibility over costs for customers, and includes a wage increase for the next three years that is consistent with what other trades have received.

Elevator technicians in all sectors across the province are expected to return to work shortly, and all should be back on the job by July 10th.

On May 1st, IUEC Locals 50, 90 and 96 broke off negotiations and opted to go on strike.  During the strike, NEEA assigned top priority for repairs to elevators and escalators in hospitals and nursing homes so as to help protect the most vulnerable Ontarians.  Buildings with only one elevator were also prioritized.  NEEA member companies used trained, qualified employees to keep the vast majority of Ontario's elevating devices in good working order.

NEEA is grateful for the patience of Ontarians under trying circumstances.  The member companies are looking forward to having their employees back at work.

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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