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Striking elevator workers hold downtown rally Monday

TORONTO, Ont. – Workers who service elevators in the city are rallying in front of a condo construction site downtown Monday morning.

Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish spoke to 680News about the striking elevator workers.

“Fourteen-hundred workers in Ontario, including 800 here in the GTA, have been on strike for more than a month,” Frankish said. “The main issues in the dispute: working hours and seniority rights.”

“While the strike hasn’t posed serious safety threats, concern (is growing) for the elderly and others who may have trouble managing stairs when elevators go out of service, and there are a lot of elevators not working in the GTA.”

Although a provincial negotiator has been called, no new talks are planned between the workers and their management.

The workers with International Union of Elevator Constructors Locals (IUEC) 50, 96 and 90 have been on strike since May 1 after talks broke down.

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