Approximately 1,400 members of the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) walked off the job site May 1, which has resulted in an increasing number of elevators and escalators taken out of service.
Escalator and elevator companies are responding to service calls on a priority basis, with people trapped in elevators taking precedence. Buildings with just one elevator, a significant number of mobility-challenged occupants and those serving “valued clients” are at top priority. “One of the most important things that building owners and managers can do is maintain communication with their local contractors to ensure there’s a shared understanding of what calls will be prioritized,” advises Peter Willmott, General Manager of Real Estate Management Services with Colliers International Canada.
Attempts to come to an agreement have not been finalized as of yet. Formal talks resumed June 11 after an Ontario government mediator joined the meetings in late May.
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