International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC)

International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC)

June 13, 2013 11:48 ET

IUEC Responds to NEEA's Demand to Force Elevator Workers Back to Work and Launches Elevatorsafety.ca

WHITBY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 13, 2013) - International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) is calling the National Elevator and Escalator Association's (NEEA) surprise demand to force the union back to work, a disingenuous effort of creating false hope for Ontarians.

"The elevator companies are trying to use a provision of the Ontario Labour Relations Act that applies to the residential construction industry, the majority of which IUEC membership is not a direct party to," says Ben McIntyre, Business Manager of IUEC Local 50. "Even if this section were to apply, and we do not believe it does, it would only return a small portion of our members to work for rich condo developers in Toronto while leaving the rest of the province without our services."

McIntyre further adds, "Hospitals, nursing homes and most residential elevating devices would not be covered under this approach. The companies would be wise to settle this strike by returning to the bargaining table or take us up on our offer of arbitration, so all of Ontario can be served, not just select regions or buildings."

Since January 2013, the IUEC has been willing, and asking, to negotiate a contract with the NEEA. In turn, the NEEA forced the IUEC into a strike on May 1st, the first strike action in more than twenty-five years. The Ministry of Labour convened parties back to the table on May 24th and 25th, and the IUEC presented an offer on May 25th, which addressed a significant number of issues presented by the employer but were rejected by NEEA. Issues surrounding the strike include seniority, job security and working conditions of its members which put at risk overall safety of elevated devices in Ontario.

"The IUEC has been willing to work through the negotiations to ensure elevator safety is maintained, but NEEA refused," says McIntyre. "This demonstrates a callous disregard for the residents of this province, and their demand is further proof of their skewed priorities toward the office towers and condos."

In response to the public's concern for elevator safety, the IUEC established a website to log elevator maintenance issues. Ontarians can go to: http://www.elevatorsafety.ca All issues are delivered directly to the Technical Standards Safety Authority (TSSA).

About the IUEC:

The International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) represents 1,400 members in Ontario's industrial, commercial and residential elevator construction, service and maintenance, which are responsible for approximately 50,000 elevating devices.

IUEC EDMA license holders have done a 4-year, 8,000 hours apprenticeship program, with continuing education every 2 years, which is a regulation of the TSSA. This ensures that members are able to understand the complexities of new and modern elevating devices. IUEC members do the job done right the first time by people who know how to install, maintain and repair these units.

The IUEC has proudly been repairing, servicing, building and maintaining elevating devices for 100 years in Ontario.

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