Elevator speed Flickr photo by Iulian Ursu Good news for condo and apartment residents: the National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA) announced that striking elevator maintenance workers will go back to work on June 17th.

However, the decision only affects employees servicing new and existing residential buildings. All other maintenance workers will continue to strike.

Maintenance workers have been on strike since May 1st when NEEA and the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) couldn’t reach a collective agreement. The union stopped negotiations, bringing about the strike we wrote about earlier this month.

The NEEA stated that Ontario’s Labour Relations Act requires any strikes affecting the construction of new residential buildings and repairs at existing residential buildings must end on June 15th. Workers would be back on the job by Monday, June 17th in Toronto, the Regions of Halton, Peel, York, Durham, as well as the County of Simcoe.

NEEA returned to mediation with the IUEC on June 11th and has proposed a significant wage increase.

Repairs to elevators and escalators in hospitals and nursing homes will take top priority as will buildings with only one elevator.

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