VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Brothers and Sisters:

Below is a link developed in conjunction with NABTU customized for the IUEC Membership.

This site is now live!  https://elevatorconstructorsvote.org/

This link has three (3) tabs:  CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION, REGISTER TO VOTE and REQUEST A MAIL-IN BALLOT

For those who wish to see what their Congressman and Senators voting percentage are on issues important to unions and working families, follow this link to  www.aflcio.org/legislative-scorecard

This information is made available through the AFL-CIO.

Here is a link to the Ohio Secretary of State office for all Ohio voting related issues.

September ’20 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

By the time you read this there will be eight short weeks before the election. While most of the attention will be on the top of the respective tickets, I want to take a moment and talk about the down ballot races. These races represent the most direct way that government affects our lives. These elected officials decide how and where our tax dollars are allocated and their priorities decide more on a granular level than those broad policies of the federal system.

On the local level, the differences between party affiliations means little. These are the men and women we see at church, the park and grocery store and usually will stop to talk about an issue that affects their constituents. That direct face time and individual connection makes them more accountable to you and I.

The statehouse begins a level of insularity between the electors and elected. The elected work and live, for the most part, in the capitol and travel home on weekends or breaks to rest and meet with electors. They tend to socialize with other elected and form a thought bubble that can lead to an “us and them” mindset. Depending on the level of politicization, this can impede the ability to pass legislation. This mindset is only amplified in the echo chamber of Congress.

Your votes for governor, senate, house, state and local offices are just as important, if not more, than your vote for who heads the ticket. Pay attention.

IUEC Local 17 is moving its school from the Superior Avenue address Engle Road between Brookpark and Snow. The move increases the space available for classes and labs as well as giving an option to comfortably hold multiple classes on the same night. A large thank you to all the members who gave the time to make the move a reality.

After the spring semester finals, there are 11 apprentices eligible for the mechanics exam. Congratulations to those apprentices and good luck on your review and exam. The important takeaway is that even though this represents the end of your formal training, education in our trade is an ongoing affair. Take every advantage of those opportunities and you will see a long and prosperous career.

Apprentices advancing to their next pay level will have the new rates effective in the pay cycle after September 1. Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. sent a letter to the signatories listing their apprentices and the appropriate pay scale as of that date. Vacation checks were due July 15. If there was a problem with your check, or a question on your status, contact John at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the International and signatory companies represented by NEBA and ECA lapsed June 30. As a result, those that were furloughed are now on the out of work list.

While work remains strong in many areas, there is evidence that a slow down may be on the horizon. Otis asked for volunteers to go to Pittsburgh to work on a project for Amazon while Kone picked up an apprentice and probationary off the bench and Schindler is booked with work through the fall of 2021. ThyssenKrupp corporate completed their sale of the elevator division to an equity group July 31 and it is unclear how that will affect the local office.

The next meeting is scheduled for September 11. If the hall is not available, John will notify the membership through email.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brothers Walter and Brandyn Alley on the passing of their mother and grandmother respectively.
As of this writing there are four mechanics and two probationary apprentices on the bench.

Until next month…
Work safe, work smart and slow down for safety.

Don
dknapik@windstream.net

August ’20 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

IUEC Local 17 is moving its school from the Superior Avenue address to Engle Road between Brookpark and Snow. The move increases the space available for classes and labs as well as giving an option to comfortably hold multiple classes on the same night. A large thank you to all the members who gave the time to make the move a reality.

After the spring semester finals, there are 11 apprentices eligible for the mechanics exam. Congratulations to those 11 apprentices and good luck on your review and exam. The important takeaway is that even though this represents the end of your formal training, education in our trade is an ongoing affair. Take every advantage of those opportunities and you will see a long and prosperous career.

Apprentices advancing to their next pay level will have the new rates effective in the pay cycle after September 1. Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. sent a letter to the signatories listing their apprentices and the appropriate pay scale as of that date. Vacation checks were due July 15. If there was a problem with your check, or a question on your status, contact John at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the International and signatory companies represented by NEBA and ECA lapsed July 1. As a result, those that were furloughed are now on the out of work list.

While work remains strong in many areas, there is evidence that a slow down may be on the horizon. Otis asked for volunteers to go to Pittsburgh to work on a project for Amazon while Kone picked up an apprentice and probationary off the bench and Schindler Cleveland is booked with work through the fall of 2021. ThyssenKrupp corporate completed their sale of the elevator division to an equity group July 31.

The next meeting is scheduled for September 11. If the hall is not available, John will notify the membership through email.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brothers Walter and Brandyn Alley on the passing of their mother and grandmother respectively.
As of this writing there are four mechanics and two probationary apprentices on the bench.

Until next month…
Work safe, work smart and slow down for safety.

August ’20 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

As I sit down to write this article at the end of June 2020 for publication in the August issue it is no hyperbole to say the world has changed. George Floyd, COVID, the new civil rights movement, Russian bounties on US soldiers, the election, China arresting Hong Kong protesters, Putin changing the Russian constitution so he can retain power until 2036 and the cavalcade continues.

It is also hard to predict where we as an International and Local will be as these words reach you. NEIEP has worked to change the way it instructs the apprentices under their charge, the International has worked to keep as many members working as possible, the International organizations have attempted to make resources available to help cope with the changes and the Locals have worked to adapt to the situations to which they find their members entrenched.

It is also fruitless to report about the moves made to react to these changes because by the time you read them we will be four steps past and the world will be totally different.

Yes, this is crazy.

In crazy times, though, the only thing we have control over is how we individually respond to those events. It sounds simple, and to an extent, it is but the application is far harder to implement than that simple sentence when these events directly affect you.

My only advice is the simple maxim we teach when entering a car top or pit: stop, scan for hazards, evaluate the situation, minimize your personal risk and proceed.

Good luck and stay above the fray.
Where are they working?

DJ Spring, Deven Shields and Brandyn Alley installing three cars at the Lumen at Playhouse Square for Otis,

Joe Simcic and Al Ward running a car at The Lumen for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Berea High School installing one traction and one hydraulic elevator for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Jack Finucan at The Carlyle in Lakewood doing a mod for Otis,

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Lutheran Hospital doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Andrea Rodriguez at Landmark Parking Garage doing two-car mod for Otis,

Ken Bowles and Shane Huff at Chestnut Lakes doing a mod for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsky and Pat Kelly at Lubrizol installing one car for Otis,

Dave Gnagy and Ernie Rodriguez at Kingspath doing a two-car mod for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Dave Ford doing a mod at St. Clair Place for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Rob Timko doing a mod at Erieview for Schindler,

Shaun Yatsko and Dan Varga at the Rose Building doing a two-car mod for Schindler,

Ryan Todd, Brian Bond, Brian Siether, Gary Thompson and Jason Mays at Penton Media doing a 15 car mod for Schindler,

Mark Byram and Matt Weingart doing a mod at UH for Schindler,

Tom Peska and Jay Schaffer installing four four-stop cars at 6050 Kruse Road in Solon for Schindler,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows replacing a machine at Harbor Light for Kone,

Drew Williams, Joel Reyes, Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong doing a mod at May Company for Kone,

Bob Meyer and Joe Gauker installing three cars at Church and State for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf, Sean Canning, Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at Columbus Park Apartments for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Matt Harden doing a two-car mod at Huntington House for Thyssen,

Jason Fredrick and Chris Sipos doing a mod at Victoria Plaza for Thyssen,

Tony Kuhn and Matt Ramser installing a car at Village Green for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Tino Chaibai at 310 Lakeside doing a mod for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at Lakewood Center North for Gable.

Congratulations go out to Brothers Marc Carollo, Chris Cook, Jacob Mullett, Chris Sipos and Rob Zadravec on passing the Mechanics Exam. Make the most of this opportunity to make a positive contribution to the trade.

As of this writing there are two mechanics, one apprentice and three probationary apprentices on furlough and two mechanics laid off.
Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.
Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

Stop Use IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED3M™ Fall Protection Specific DBI-SALA® Delta™ & Exofit XP™ArcFlash Harnesses

As part of 3M Fall Protections continued commitment to producing high quality safety and personal protective equipment, we conduct periodic testing of our products. Recent testing of specific DBI-SALA® Delta™ & Exofit XP™ Arc Flash harnesses have returned negative test results on some units. The Arc Flash Standard (ASTM F887) requires that all arc flash rated harnesses be subjected to an Arc Flash followed by a successful dynamic drop test. It should be noted that there is variability in Arc Flash testing of webbing based products. Although not fully understood, it can stem from several contributing factors including positioning, webbing gap to the test torso, environmental elements, arc path, input energy and other possible sources.

Issue #1 3M™ Fall Protection Specific DBI-SALA® Delta™ & Exofit XP™ Arc Flash Harnesses withan Integrated 18 in. Nylon D-Ring Extension

A recent review ofthe test results and subsequent retesting of specific DBI-SALA® Delta™ & Exofit XP™ Arc Flash harnesses that utilize an integrated 18 in. Nylon D-Ring Extensionhave found inconsistent performance results. As such,we are issuing a stop use noticeto all customers that have these harnesses which include an attached nylon d-ring extension.

We are not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition. We have not received any customer complaints regarding this but have identified it through an internal review.

Users/Owners: Immediately inspect your harness to determine if it is one of the affected part numbers. The harness part number can be found on the harness label. Although these harnesses will safely arrest a fall, you should not use these harnesses in an environment or application where there is a potential for an arc flash event. We are not aware of any arc flash related injuries in the field, but the potential exists for insufficient performance after an arc flash event.

If you have identified that you have an affected harness, please contact 3M Customer Service at1-833-638-2697 or at 3musfpserviceaction@mmm.comand provide us with contact information and we will have someone contact you to discuss your options. We are working to develop a retrofit D-Ring Extension to address the issue including re-certification to the product under the ANSI/ASTM Arc Flash standard. We anticipate that we will be able to provide this solution to you free of charge by June 2020.

Once available, a copy of the retrofit Instruction for Use (IFU) can be found at http://go.3M.com/specific-Delta-and-XP0-Arc-Flash-harnesses.

Issue #2 Certain 3M™ Fall Protection CustomDBI-SALA® Delta™ & Exofit XP™ Arc Flash Harnesses

Due to the very low volumes associated with these SKUs, we have chosen not to invest in the testing required to re-validate conformity to the ASTM F887 arc flash standard for the harnesses identified. As such, we have decided to discontinue offering these products to the market.

Most of these products were developed many years ago and we have not been able to establish a clear link to past test reports validating conformity to ASTM F887. Out of an abundance of caution, we are requesting that end users return these harnesses to us and we will provide a cash rebate, provided the harnesses pass a pre-use inspection as per our Instruction for Use.

 

We are not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition. We have not received any customer complaints regarding any of these units but have identified this situation through an internal review.

 

Users/Owners: Immediately inspect your harness to determine if it is one of the affected part numbers. The harness part number can be found on the harness label. You should not use these harnesses in an environment or application where there is a potential for an arc flash event. We are not aware of any arc flash related injuries in the field, but the potential exists for insufficient performance after an arc flash event.

 

If you have identified that you have an affected harness, please contact 3M Customer Service at 1-833-638-2697 or at 3musfpserviceaction@mmm.comand provide us with contact information and we will arrange for the product return and cash rebate.

 

A copy of this notice can be found at http://go.3M.com/specific-Delta-and-XP0-Arc-Flash-harnesses.Distributors: Please contact our Customer Service department at 1-833-638-2697 or at 3musfpserviceaction@mmm.comto obtain a listing of all affected harnesses sold to you. The affected part numbers are shown above.If you have any of the affected harnesses in stock, you should return them to 3M Fall Protection for credit.

 

Please immediately forward this Stop Use to any of your customers/users who have purchased affected product from you with a request that they read and comply with this Notice.

 

3M remains committed to providing quality products and services to our customers.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this situation may cause to you or your customers.  We appreciate your continued support of 3M Fall Protection products and services.3M Fall Protection

FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem

[6/19/2020] FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by
Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood
alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.
FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:

• All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
• Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-
04)
• Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
• The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-
03)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-
01)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-
01)
• Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81
percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28
percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers
and should not be used due to its toxic effects.

Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek
immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of
methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting,
headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to
the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands
are at risk, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and
adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for
methanol poisoning.

On June 17, 2020, FDA contacted Eskbiochem to recommend the company remove its
hand sanitizer products from the market due to the risks associated with methanol
poisoning. To date, the company has not taken action to remove these potentially
dangerous products from the market. Therefore, FDA recommends consumers stop
using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous
waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain.

FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20
seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing,
sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html)

(CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at
least 60 percent ethanol.

FDA remains vigilant and will continue to take action when quality issues arise with
hand sanitizers. Additionally, the agency is concerned with false and misleading claims
for hand sanitizers, for example that they can provide prolonged protection such as
24-hours against viruses including COVID-19, since there is no evidence to support
these claims.

To date, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse events associated with these hand
sanitizer products. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients
to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand
sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting (/safety/medwatch-fdasafety-information-and-adverse-event-reporting-program) program:

• Complete and submit the report online
(https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/index.cfm); or

• Download and complete the form (/media/85598/download), then submit it via
fax at 1-800-FDA-0178

July ’20 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

As this issue is ready to go to press, the Memorandum of Understanding between the IUEC and NEBA, the negotiating body for the major elevator contractors, will have expired.  The MOU gave companies latitude during the COVID-19 pandemic to change certain work rules with the intent of keeping as many IUEC members working as possible.  The provisions expired at midnight July 1 which means all the provisions of the Standard Agreement are back in force.

Congratulations go out to brothers Marc Carollo, Chris Cook, Jacob Mullett, Chris Sipos and Rob Zadravec for passing the mechanics exam. Brothers, keep in mind this is the only unbiased evaluation of your knowledge as an elevator constructor.  The challenge now is to move forward and make the trade a little better for you having been here.

Finals for the current group of apprentices were held the week of June 29 to July 3 through the NEIEP website.  results from the exam are expected to be posted to the site Friday, July 10.  Pending those final results, Local 17 may have as many as eleven apprentices eligible for the next exam.

A large thank you goes out to Brother Rick Myers for going above and beyond with the mechanics exam review and for the five who passed.  He continued to answer texts and emails as well as holding Webex meetings during the quarantine.

Apprentices should be looking for their class assignments for fall semester during July.  It is unclear right now what steps will be necessary for in-class instruction.  This continues to be a fluid situation so watch your NEIEP mail for further updates.

If you are on lay-off or furlough your employer should be giving you your accrued vacation check with your last paystub.  If you have not received the payment, contact Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Everyone can appreciate that between the pandemic, a new civil rights movement and the election this is a pivotal time in American history.  The next six months will set the nation on a course from which there will be no return. 

Things will change. 

What sets America apart, what has always set America apart is its ability to be the light when the darkness of hopelessness casts a pall over all.  It doesn’t take much, it only takes a little. 

Do what you as an individual can to be the America we all hope we are and together we will be that America we know we are once again. 

As of this writing there are two mechanics on voluntary furlough, two mechanics laid off, one apprentice and three probationary apprentices furloughed.

 

July ’20 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

Unless you are living under a rock, you know what is going on with the COVID-19 pandemic and the violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death.  I’m not going to focus on those issues, instead I’m going to focus on something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately, leadership.

What are the qualities that make us want to follow someone by choice rather than by force?  I’ve never been in the military but, most of the people I know who have been speak about their various superiors the same way as those who did not serve.  In fact, if you did not know they were referring to their military time, it’s easy for someone like myself to replace the drill instructor with a boss I’ve had at various times of my life.

In the book The Few and The Proud, Larry Smith interviews Marine drill instructors from WWII through Iraq and, in their own words, gives insight into this question.  The instructors all talk about how in the first few weeks the purpose of the drills is to remove individuality and then teach the recruits to work together as a team.  The tool most often used is keeping the recruit off balance and guessing what comes next.  

Those who have never served, or have a strong sense of individuality, are extremely resistant when this is implemented in the corporate world.  Most of us will eventually turn off and become deaf to the noise.  

The other extreme is indecisiveness.  Bosses who refuse or defer decision making until cornered can be infuriating to the point of rage.  Some indecisiveness may come from fear of making a mistake or displeasing superiors.  Again, turn off and tune out.

My experience tells me that the best leader is someone you work for not report to.  It is the kind of person that gives you the tools you need to do your job, steps away, lets you do it and then guides you on how you can do it better.

So, what really makes a good leader?  These instructors touch on those points as well.

Good leaders do not always have all the answers but, they ask the right questions of the right people to learn what they don’t know.  They also look at a problem from a multitude of angles and realize that it is all right to take a little more time to obtain a complete view before moving forward.  Over analysis may lead to paralysis but, knee-jerk reactions can be far more costly.

Good leaders step back and let their subordinates take the lead when that person knows more about a subject than they do.

Good leaders are not afraid to change course when the way forward is fraught with peril.  They adjust the course to match conditions not force conditions to match their course.

Good leaders take responsibility when their decisions go wrong and again shift course to avoid additional damage.

Good leaders have a steady hand on the ship of state.  They remain cool, confident, reassuring and maintain positivity without raising false hope. 

Good leaders care more about those they are leading than themselves.  Their own ego and self interest are put aside when considering the greater good of those who will be impacted by their decisions.  

When the situation calls for leaders to make an unpopular decision, they research the options, take a course and articulate the reasons why this is the best course.  They then monitor progress and make changes as needed. 

The above list is not comprehensive, only my thoughts on the subject.  If you’d like to add to the list or have your own thoughts on the subject, email me at the address below.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

June ’20 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

On April 28 the IUEC recognized a Safety Stand Down Day to emphasize the need for on the job safety for the members. There was a safety video and call-in for a safety message from the General Officers. Unfortunately, there was an on the job fatality in Oklahoma City the day before, April 27, which made the Safety Stand Down even more timely.

The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades offered masks to its member unions. Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. passed out the masks IUEC Local 17 was given to various construction and modernization jobs around the Cleveland area. As a result of various CDC, government and customer requirements, masks are becoming a standard PPE item for many members to gain access to worksites. It is advised to use masks and social distancing, when required, to limit exposure to infection. If you have a question or concern about PPE or worksite requirements contact John at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

By the time you read this, the NEIEP spring semester will be in the books with all apprentices turning in their unit exams by May 29 to be eligible for their finals. All students must pass the unit exams with a seventy percent.

There are eleven apprentices that if they pass their unit finals, will be eligible to take the mechanics exam. This is the largest class of apprentices eligible for the exam in many years. Good luck to all those looking to raise themselves to journeyman status in the best trade in the trades.

Congratulations to Rob Zadravec on passing the Mechanics Exam. There are currently five more members waiting to take the exam.

The International has extended its Memorandum of Understanding with NEBA, the bargaining unit for the major elevator contractors. As of this writing the MOU terminates on June 30 with no changes in language. This gives the companies latitude in furloughs, layoffs and hours during the COVID-19 pandemic regardless of local conditions.

Work conditions for Local 17 remain strong with companies keeping as many members working as possible. Kone and Thyssen have reduced hours for different disciplines and Otis has moved two maintenance men to a door modernization to keep them working. Schindler has not cut hours.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the families of retired Brothers Joe Chaykosky who passed away April 22 and honorary retiree Kenny Jung who passed away May 2. The Brothers and Sisters also send condolences to Brothers Rich and Todd Kemp whose mother Bonnie Sinclair passed away.

As of this writing there are three mechanics on voluntary furlough, two mechanics on layoff and one probationary apprentice on furlough.