July ’22 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

IUEC Local 17 will be participating in the Cleveland Building Trades Annual Softball Tournament held Labor Day weekend at Parma’s James Day Park.  The tournament pits the best softball teams of the trades against one another for the biggest bragging rights in the trades.  If you are interested in participating contact Business manager John Driscoll Jr at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org or call him at the hall at 216-431-8088.

Apprentices will have the months of June and July off until starting classes again the second week in August.  Those in RC100 will advance to RC200 and Those from RC400 will take RC700.  There will be a mandatory orientation night which will be announced once the date has been set.

Apprentices note that pay increases are dependent on having successfully passed two semesters and are effective September 1.

The Elevator Licensing Bill currently is headed for the Ohio Senate for a possible vote.  As of now, the best chance of passage comes if a Sunset Clause is added to the bill which would allow the law to lapse once a certain time has been reached.  The advantage is that if the law proves to be an encumbrance to the licensees, it will lapse and the requirement would disappear.

The IUEC Local 17 Golf outing is rescheduled for September 24th at Mallard Creek Golf Course, 34500 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station.  The cost is $100 per golfer and includes golf, cart, food and refreshments.  Reservations can be secured by contacting Entertainment Chairman Brian Chambers through the hall and paying through PayPal.

As of this writing there is one mechanic on the bench.

July ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

On Friday, May 20, IUEC Local 17 honored its retirees at the annual Retiree’s Dinner at Harry’s Steak House in Independence.  The last dinner was held in 2019.  A large part of the evening was spent catching up on awards for service pins and Gold Cards awarded since the last dinner.  For photos of the event, go to the Local 17 website, iueclocal17.org.

The golf outing originally scheduled for June 11 has been cancelled.  Refunds of greens fees paid are being sent out.  If you have not received your refund, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

At the time of writing Local 17 has 32 apprentices in the NEIEP program with two in their final semester.  Six apprentices are finishing their new hire course.  The apprentices will be split between RC200 and RC700 for the fall semester starting the second week of August.

On the second week of May, the Local 17 JATC was in Providence, Rhode Island at the new NEIEP training center.  Their training was on the apprentice application process.  Some of the conversation also covered possible changes which help younger applicants score better.

NEIEP is in the middle of a total rewrite of the curriculum.  Each RC unit takes approximately two years of effort by a team of constructors and trainers from across the country to complete.  The largest part of the effort is to determine the extent of the rewrite:  whether a simple update is needed or the entire RC needs to be redone.  Photos and graphics illustrating the concepts covered in the courses are the single hardest elements to source as many of the conventions, especially in electrical units, have changed from the original source text.  

For example, NEIEP emphasizes the electron current flow theory (current flows from negative to positive) over the conventional current flow theory (current flows positive to negative) even though the majority of graphics used to explain electrical concepts are pulled from sources where conventional flow is used.  This creates confusion in the mind of the apprentice as they have to first wrestle with the concepts presented in the text and then flip the graphic to meet what the text teaches.  It also makes for some interesting conversations in class as the inconsistencies are pointed out by the students.

In a practical application, the first major to use the electron current flow theory for its prints was Dover in its early solid state units which later progressed into the DMC.  In time each major followed suit until today the conventional flow theory in elevator prints is rarely, if ever, used.  Now that systems being installed today are solid state and CPU oriented with LON, LAN and CAN communication protocols between car, controller and components, the switch to a consistent teaching system across the curriculum and within the different disciplines makes a lot of sense.

With the new contract taking effect this month, the International members are in a good position to benefit for the next five years.  On a practical matter, with all the financial and international upheaval, members need to be smart about their money especially those coming close to retirement.  Live well but within your means will be the mantra for at least the foreseeable future. 

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to Brothers Mike Hogan and retiree Mike Moennich whose mother-in-law Madonna McTaggart passed away May 2.  She is also the mother of former Local 17 President Brian McTaggart.  Condolences also go out to Business Manager John Driscoll Jr whose father-in-law passed away May 1.

As of this writing there is one mechanic on the bench.

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing Back On!

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing will be held Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Mallard Creek Golf Club, 34500 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station. The outing is a four-man scramble format with friends and family invited. Tee Times start at 10:00 AM. The cost is $100 each which includes golf, dinner, refreshments and prizes.

For more information contact Entertainment Brian Chambers at 216-272-3636. To pay for yourself or your guests, enter Brian’s email, brianchanbers.cle@gmail.com, or write a check made out to Brian and send it to the hall at 3250 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115 to make your reservations.

June ’22 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

On Friday, May 20, IUEC Local 17 honored its retirees at the annual Retiree’s Dinner at Harry’s Steak House in Independence.  The last dinner was held in 2019.  A large part of the evening was spent catching up on awards for service pins and Gold Cards awarded since the last dinner.  For photos of the event, go to the Local 17 website, iueclocal17.org.

The golf outing originally scheduled for June 11 has been cancelled.  Refunds of greens fees paid are being sent out.  If you have not received your refund, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

At the time of printing, there are 32 apprentices in the NEIEP program with two in their final semester.  Six apprentices are finishing their new hire course.  The apprentices will be split between RC200 and RC700 for the fall semester starting the second week of August.

On the second week of May, the Local 17 JATC was in Providence, Rhode Island at the new NEIEP headquarters for training.  NEIEP is the organization responsible for apprentice and continuing education for the IUEC.  They also administer the mechanics Exam which raises apprentices to journeyman status.

Some of the conversation centered around the interview process and changes which help younger applicants score better.

NEIEP is in the middle of a total rewrite of the curriculum.  Each RC unit takes approximately two years of effort by a team from across the country.  The largest part of the effort is to determine the extent of the rewrite, whether a simple update is needed or the entire RC needs to be redone.  Photos and graphics illustrating the concepts covered in the courses are the single hardest elements to source as many of the conventions, especially in electrical units, have changed from the source text.     

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to Brothers Mike Hogan and retiree Mike Moennich whose mother-in-law Madonna McTaggart passed away May 2.  Also to Business Manager John Driscoll Jr whose father-in-law passed away May 1.

As of this writing there is one mechanic on the bench.

June ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

For those Local 17 members who have not heard, the IUEC and NEBA reached an agreement on a new five-year contract which was ratified April 1 by the delegates to the International Convention 282-16.

After reading General President Christensen’s and Assistant General President Bender’s articles in the April Constructor, I am reminded of the importance of steady leadership. The steady leadership of Roosevelt and Churchill kept the Allies together during World War II. The steady leadership of Barack Obama guided America out of financial disaster. Everyday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky redefines what it truly means to be a leader.

For this negotiation and the last full contract, the IUEC is fortunate to have steady hands with a clear vision of the future guiding the ship of our International. Their priorities are consistent, predictable and clear: safety, financial security and growth.

It is never expected that both parties to an agreement will be completely pleased with the result. If the International was willing to walk away from the table over the issue of safety written into our new contract, what does that say about their commitment to the issue? What does that say about NEBA’s initial reaction to the proposal of essentially codifying safe work rules and practices? Consistent safe work rules and practices between employers only benefits employees as they now have a common reference point on the subject and the IUEC has a way of holding non-compliant companies accountable for inaction on this vital issue.

There is always more to get and always more to give. Striking the right balance is essential to achieving the long term gains that keep the IUEC the best trade in the trades.

Business Manager John Driscoll Jr and Brothers Bill Lynsky and John Patton attended the 2022 NABTU Convention in Washington DC after the contract acceptance vote. Lynsky and Patton will report on the convention at the May meeting.

Congratulations to Brothers Morgan Armstrong, Dan Koprowski and Jon McCuan for passing the Mechanics Exam. This is the only time in your career you will have an unbiased evaluation of your knowledge of the trade. There are currently three apprentices eligible for the exam.

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing will be held June 11th at Hickory Nut Golf Course, 23601 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station. The format is a four-man scramble with friends and family welcome. Tee times start at 10 am. Food, beverages and prizes are provided.

CMHA awarded the modernization job at Apthorp Towers to non-signatory Findlay based Davis-Newcomer Elevator. Davis previously was awarded an LMHA job in Lorain just prior to the pandemic. Because of Covid lockdowns, the Volunteer Organizing Committee was not able to make a showing for that job. Look for an email from Business Manager John Driscoll Jr on a VOC meeting. If you hear of a building where a non-signatory is working, call John at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Just a reminder that the vacation reporting requirement waived under the MOU by the E-Board during the pandemic is now back in effect. Don’t forget to take and report all your vacation time to the hall in a timely manner.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of honored retiree Dan Wulff who passed away April 6.

As of this writing there is one mechanic on the bench.

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

2022 IUEC Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner: Old Friends and New Faces Three Years in the Making

There are three phases to a career: listening to stories told about others, telling stories about others and having stories told about you. All of these were in full force as the retired and active members of IUEC Local 17 gathered at Harry’s Steak House in Independence for the first time in three years.

The following photos show a group of members, family by blood, marriage, and friendship laughing, talking, gathering and mourning those who we will see later, much later.

Enjoy.

May ’22 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

Business Manager John Driscoll Jr and Brothers Bill Lynsky, Tim Narowitz and John Patton attended the IUEC contract ratification vote the last week of March. The new five-year deal gives percentage raises in pay and benefits through the term and, more importantly to the Labor Committee, a new Article 28 codifying safety in the contract.

According to General President Frank Christensen, the Committee walked out of the negotiations when NEBA, the organization representing the major elevator contractors, balked at including the provision in the contract. NEBA ultimately accepted the new Article into the contract.

Congratulations to Brothers Morgan Armstrong, Dan Koprowski and Jon McCuan for passing the Mechanics Exam. This is the only time in your career you will have an unbiased evaluation of your knowledge of the trade. There are currently three apprentices eligible for the exam.

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing will be held June 11th at Hickory Nut Golf Course, 23601 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station. The format is a four-man scramble with friends and family welcome. Tee times start at 10 am. Cost is $100 per person with food, beverages and prizes provided. To secure your foursome send a check made payable to Entertainment Chairman Brian Chambers to the hall at 3250 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115. You can also pay through Brian’s PayPal account at brianchambers.cle@gmail.com.

On Friday, May 20 Local 17 will be honoring its retired members at Harry’s Steak House, 5664 Brecksville Road, Independence.  Drinks at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm.  The cost is $50 at the door for active members with retirees attending for free.  Please get your reply into the hall no latter than May 10. 

CMHA awarded the modernization job at Apthorp Towers to non-signatory Findlay based Davis-Newcomer Elevator. Davis previously was awarded a job at an LMHA in Lorain just prior to the pandemic. Because of Covid lockdowns, the Volunteer Organizing Committee was not able to make a showing for that job. Look for an email from John on a VOC meeting.

If you hear of a building where a non-signatory is working, call John at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org. A list of signatory companies is at the end of this article and listed on the Local’s website, iueclocal17.org.

The vacation reporting requirement waived under the Memorandum of Understanding by the E-Board during the pandemic is now back in effect. Don’t forget to take and report all your vacation time to the hall in a timely manner.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Honored Brother Dan Wulff who passed away April 6.

As of this writing there is one mechanic on the bench.

May ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

All of the applicants for the Local 17 Apprentice list have received their slotting. The Local received over 300 applicants with 200 eligible for the interview. There are currently 24 apprentices in class with one in his final semester. In the fall there will be 25 enrolled in the program with RC200 and RC700 the most likely classes taught. Six apprentices have complete their Mechanics Review and are ready to schedule their tests. Best of luck to all moving forward in the best trade in the trades.

As this is being written, the International delegates are meeting in Washington DC to vote on ratification of the new five-year NEBA agreement. All signs right now point to a prosperous term for the incoming contract with ratification highly likely.

Work has been very good in Cleveland with several large projects kicking off or scheduled to come out of the ground soon. The outlook appears steady with little in the way disruption on the horizon.

Where are they working?

DJ Spring and Deven Shields doing a mod at St. James for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Brendan Teets at Meridian doing a three-car mod for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Matt Dinko at Fairview Hospital doing a three-car mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Justin Swain at Shoreham Apartments doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Shane Huff and Luke Schnitzler doing a mod at Parma Park Apartments for Otis,

Ken Bowles and Kyle Rozenkrantz doing a two-car mod at Marine Towers for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsky and Pat Kelly at VA Wade installing a car for Otis,

Tom Peska and Matt Ramser at Market Square installing for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Joel Reyes in North Olmsted installing a car for Schindler,

Don Yoho and Adam Klein at Waterford Place installing a car for Schindler,

Shawn Yatsko and Brandon Light at Owl’s Nest doing a two-car mod for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Lem Hurd at Berkshire Apartments doing a mod for Schindler,

Gary Thompson and Jason Mays at Lake County Court House doing a mod for Schindler,

Rob Timko and Mike Bowles doing a mod at 55 Public Square Parking Garage for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing at two-car door mod at Vista for Schindler,

Matt Weingart, Lucas Janke, Joe Sumph, Aaron Reed and Mike Bowles doing a mod at UH Main Campus for Schindler,

Dan Varga and Matt Carlton at JoAnn Fabrics in Akron doing a freight car mod for Schindler,

Ryan Todd and Dan Quigley doing a four-car mod at Euclid Beach Villa for Schindler,

Andy Mesko and Jarret Adams at Westfield Insurance in Akron doing a mod for Schindler,

Brian Bond working in Akron for Schindler,

Todd Ross, Drew Williams, Russell Barrows and Scott Franesangeli at 55 Public Square doing a mod for KONE,

Brendan Hyland and Mike Miller Jr doing and escalator mod at Kohl’s Parmatown for KONE,

Joe Gauker, Rob Geilarowski, Mike Carson and Eric Schaffran installing 12 cars at Ahuja for KONE,

Tim Narowitz and Chris Sipos doing a two-car mod at St. John’s for TK,

Anthony Metcalf and Brad Skotko doing a two-car mod at Blair House for TK

Kevin Thomas and Sean Canning doing a mod at Merrill Building for TK,

Mitch Klemp and Brian Owens at CMHA Cedar Extension doing a kid for Gable,

Marc Carollo and Wing Lui at Wynwood Apartments doing a mod for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Tino Chabai doing a mod at St. Augustine’s for Gable,

Chris Trauger and Trevor Rutherford with United Drilling cleaning a 41’ hole at NASA.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families Brother Tom Reitz who passed away January 15 and retirees Don Tretera who passed away January 19, Jim Agnew who passed away January 21 and Phil Steyer who passed away February 21.

As of this writing there are two mechanics on the bench.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

April ’22 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

On April 1, the IUEC formalized its new five-year agreement with the National Elevator Bargaining Association (NEBA) who represents signatory contractors.  The current contract runs through July 8, 2022 after which the new agreement takes force.

Final Interviews for the IUEC Local 17 new hire list were completed March 24 and all applicants have all been notified of their slot on the list.

Six of our current apprentices have completed their program and Mechanics Review  course and are eligible for the Mechanics Exam.  Their eligibility runs through June 6.  The test is administered by Prometrics for the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP).  There is currently one apprentice in his final semester.

The Fall semester will see 25 apprentices enrolled in either RC200 or RC700.

Schindler currently has the majority of the work in Local 17.  KONE has picked up work and started the new Ahuja job.  TK is holding steady while Otis laid off a mechanic.

The Local Executive Board has sent letters to those who did not report vacation hours for 2021.  The Board waived the reporting obligation for 2020 due to the pandemic and many of its members working reduced hours but not for 2021.  If you have received a letter to report your hours to the Executive Board, a print out of your vacation hours needs to be obtained from your company and submitted to the Board.  

On Friday, May 20 Local 17 will be honoring its retired members at Harry’s Steak House, 5664 Brecksville Road, Independence.  Drinks at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm.  The cost is $50 at the door for active members with retirees attending for free.  Please get your reply into Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at the hall no latter than May 10.  You can call John at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Brothers Thomas Reitz who passed away January 15 and retired Brothers Don Tretera who passed away January 19, Jim Agnew who passed away January 21 and Jim Steyer who passed away February 21.

As of this writing there are two mechanics on the bench.

IUEC Local 17 2022 Golf Outing

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing will be held Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Hickory Nut Golf Course, 23601 Royalton Road, Columbia Station. The outing is a four-man scramble format with friends and family invited. Tee Times start at 10:00 AM. The cost is $100 each which includes golf, dinner, refreshments and prizes.

For more information contact Entertainment Brian Chambers at 216-272-3636. To pay for yourself or your guests, enter Brian’s email, brianchanbers.cle@gmail.com, or write a check made out to Brian and send it to the hall at 3250 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115 to make your reservations.