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Ontario elevator strike stuck on seniority • Strike averted at Aeromexico
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/10/2013

Ontario elevator strike stuck on seniority

TORONTO

— There’s only one issue standing in the way of getting broken elevators moving again in Ontario, according to the association representing employers performing Industrial Commercial-Institutional (ICI) construction.

What’s the issue? “Reasonable modification to seniority,” according to the National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA). About 1,400 repair workers represented by the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) have been on strike since May 1. The pay issue has been settled, NEEA said. The current elevator mechanic wage of $112,000 a year is rising to $121,000 — something it called a “significant increase to hourly wages.”