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The Well News article highlights elevator mechanics’ role as part of the essential workforce during the coronavirus pandemic.

The reporter indicates that “of all the classes of workers who have come to be highlighted as ‘essential’ during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one group that is often, unfairly overlooked are those who keep the infrastructure of high-rise offices and residential buildings functioning – elevator mechanics.”

Several IUEC members were interviewed as part of the piece – including Juwan Harrison, a reservist in the U.S. Army. Here’s some of what he had to say about his career choice:

“(The union) is a great option for anyone in the military who doesn’t quite know what they want to do once they’re through with their service,” Harrison said. “Even if it’s way different from your military job, they work with you to get you the specialized training you need. It definitely opens up a lot of doors for you and the benefits compared to non-union jobs are unmatched.”

Elevator technician working

In a recent piece published by Engineering News-Record, Chuck Harrington, CEO of Parsons Corp., and Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, highlight the value of registered apprenticeship programs. The authors use the Los Angeles International Airport Apprenticeship Readiness Program as an example of a program that empowers students from diverse backgrounds to thrive in the building trades.

The International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC), as well as its signatory contractor partners, are proud of its accredited apprenticeship training program. IUEC members, each of whom have successfully completed the robust training program, are as a result the most educated, safest workers in the elevator industry.

The future of our nation’s infrastructure depends on the manner in which we educate and train the U.S. workforce.

Labor Day is a time to celebrate America’s workforce — the hardworking men and women, including workers in the elevator industry, who keep our nation running.

The labor movement, born in response to terrible working conditions, is still alive and well. In this video, Matthew Carroll, Director of Market Development for Local One Elevator Constructors (NY/NJ) sits down with Mark Gregorio, President of TEI Group, to talk about the importance of this holiday and honoring workers from coast to coast.

Carroll recalled both his and Gregorio’s days in the field — where they cut their teeth in the elevator trade. As Carroll puts it, they have worked with tools for their entire lives.

Thanks to both gentlemen for helping to shine a light on Labor Day and, more importantly, on the critical role Union Elevator Constructors have played, and continue to play, in shaping our cities’ skylines.