The International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC)

June 17, 2013 11:29 ET

Media Advisory: International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Responds to Back to Work Ruling

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 17, 2013) -

What: The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) decision to order some members of the IUEC back to work will only benefit the Greater Toronto Area's residential highrise construction industry, leaving the rest of the Ontario's hospitals, apartments and nursing homes with little or no regular maintenance and service.

Outside of the GTA, Ontarians are still affected by the strike, and those not living in condos also remain affected.

IUEC will share with Ontarians what to expect, and what is being done to put pressure on the consortium of four elevated device companies that make up the National Elevator and Escalator Association (NEEA), including the launch of elevatorsafety.ca - a new website to log issues with elevators.

When: Today 2 PM
Where: Seattle Room 26th Floor
Metropolitan Hotel
108 Chestnut Street (behind City Hall)
Who: Ben McIntyre, chair of the negotiating committee for Locals 50 (Toronto), 90 (Hamilton) and 96 (Ottawa) of the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC).

History:

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 1, 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. The parties did return for one last round on June 11th and 12th before NEEA made a Section 150.1 application before the OLRB. 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. These issues are still unresolved.

About the IUEC:

The International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) has proudly been building, repairing, servicing and maintaining elevating devices for 100 years in Ontario and represents 1,400 members in Ontario's industrial, commercial, institutional and residential elevator construction, service and maintenance sectors, which are responsible for approximately 50,000 elevating devices.

Contact Information

  • For more information or media interviews contact:
    IUEC
    Ben McIntyre
    Business Manager, Local 50
    Office: 416 754 2424 or Cell: 416-678-5856
    ben-iuec@bellnet.ca

    Aurora Strategy Group Inc.
    Marcel Wieder
    President
    Office: 416-907-2126
    marcel@aurorastrategy.com