Business Manager Report for February 2021

SCHOOL

We are in the fourth week of the spring semester and the due date report shows that all of our apprentices are on track. Our Area Coordinator gave Local 17 kudos for being up to date on unit exams, OJL reporting and approval from the companies.

All unit exams for the Spring semester need to be completed by Friday May 14, 2021 at 11:59pm and Final exams will be made available starting Monday May !7, 2021. Further final exam instructions will follow

A reminder to the apprentices that they need to stay on top of their OJL hours and have them entered before the 10th of the month. NEIEP has reactivated the cutoff system. You must have January’s hours entered by February 10.  Moving forward, all OJL hours must be recorded by the 10th of the month.

We have seven apprentices that are mechanic test eligible, Rick Myers is helping them review and  five of the seven have signed up for the CE025 review course that gives them access to both Monday with Jerry and Wednesday with Tim mentoring sessions. I strongly encourage the other two to take advantage of this.

We have three instructors (Rick Myers, John Taylor and Jerry Reitz) taking part in a remote OSHA 502 renewal workshop and I was told that this could be offered to our other instructors in the near future.

LOCAL

l’m sure we are all aware that the St Patricks Day Parade has been cancelled, the parade is funded by donations in part by buying the Shamrock pins. The parade committee is offering pins this year to help sponsor future parades.

The International made the announcement that the Convention will be held virtually this year. That being said we can begin sending in resolutions.  Resolutions have to be submitted by May 3, 2021.  If you have a resolution in mind of something you would like changed or added to our CBA, put it in writing and email it to JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org or drop it off at the hall at 3250 Euclid Avenue.  

The Local 17 By-Law committee will go over all resolutions and combine any that are on the same topic and review all others to make sure we understand your message and possibly help with some rewording if necessary.

Schindler’s annuity issue should have been corrected by this weeks pay stub. All Schindler employees make sure to check your stubs.  

I also sent an email out about 401(k) contributions at Schindler, I spoke to one member and was told that some how his contribution rate was changed, double check that and let me know if you see any issues.

The 14 day COVID Quarantine weekly income is available until May 31, 2021. And you are able to use it more than once if needed.

We will leave the decision up to the Executive Board on whether to have in person union meetings.

WORKING

  • DJ Spring and Deven Shields doing a mod at Western Reserve for Otis
  • Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Lubrizol installing a 4 stop for Otis
  • Jim Thompson and Jack Finucan at the Carlyle in Lakewood doing a mod for Otis
  • John Logue and Pat Pollock at Fairview Village Apartments doing a mod for Otis
  • Matt Pinchot is working in Akron at AMHA doing a mod for Otis
  • Ken Bowles is working in Akron at AMHA doing a mod for Otis
  • Jerry Szmerekovsy and Pat Kelly at Asia Plaza doing a one car mod for Otis
  • Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser, Ernie Rodriguez and four Houston mechanics installing 14 cars at Metro Hospital for Schindler
  • Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a mod at Terrace Towers for Schindler
  • Matt Carlton and Rob Timko doing a three car mod at CSU for Schindler
  • Chris Cook and Mike Ross installing UV lights on 12 escalators at the Justice Center for Schindler
  • Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a door mod at UH for Schindler
  • Matt Weingart, Lucas Janke, Shawn Yatsko and Brandon Light at Skylight Office Tower doing a mod for Schindler
  • Ryan Todd and Brian Seither doing a four-car mod at Winton Place for Schindler
  • Joe Simcic and Jay Schaefer at Brooks Brothers installing one car for Schindler
  • Dave Gnagy and Joel Reyes in North Olmsted installing three cars for Schindler
  • Don Yoho and Andrea Rodriguez installing one 3300 at Nikolai Apartments for Schindler
  • John Patton and Jean LaFontaine doing QEI testing at the Federal Building for Kone
  • Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows doing a door mod at the Cleveland Public Library for Kone
  • Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong installing one 5-stop at Cedar Road Parking Garage for KONE
  • Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at Our House in Westlake for Thyssen
  • Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at CMHA Wilson Towers for Thyssen
  • Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford at CMHA Stokes doing a 2-car mod for Thyssen
  • Jason Frederick and Jason Saunders doing a mod at Orangewood Place for Thyssen
  • Chris Scholle and Brian Owens installing one car at Electric Gardens Apartments for Thyssen
  • Kevin Thomas and Sebastian Ricco installing a car at U.H. Avon for Thyssen
  • Scott Hicks and Nick Myer at Hilliard Building doing a one-car mod for Gable
  • Marc Carollo and John Smith at J & M Advisors doing a mod for Gable
  • Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at 5565 Erieview for Gable
  • Mitch Klemp and Kyle Loza at the Cleveland Port Authority doing a one-car mod for Gable

ACCIDENTS SICKNESS and DEATH

We continue to have members off with Covid or quarantined due to Covid exposure

MEMBERS OUT of WORK

3 mechanics

EMPLOYERS NEEDING HELP

None at this time

GOOD OF THE ORDER

I will send out emails regarding union meeting status

February ’21 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

All apprentices currently enrolled in the NEEP program began their instruction in 800 and 200 on January 18. Classes are once again being offered online. Brothers Jerry Reitz and Tim Narowitz are available to help those taking the virtual classes.

If any apprentice has difficulties with accessing the material through the NEIEP website they can contact NEIEP at support@neiep.org or Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Seven Local 17 apprentices are eligible for the Mechanics Exam. Their window to take the exam is from February 8 through May 9.

Rick Myers will again be volunteering his time to assist apprentices with the review class. Along with Rick, Jerry and Tim who will be available for mentoring once the applicant enrolls in CE025. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of the guidance opportunities available for the exam.

The Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA) is allowing those currently holding scaffolding cards to renew them online. This does not apply to instructor renewals or new certifications. If you are in need of renewal, contact John at the hall for further information on how to apply.

IUEC Local 17 has multiple members quarantined due to COVID or COVID exposure over the last several months. The IUEC offers a 14-day quarantine income during the time a member is off. For more information go to iuec.org and search COVID resources for the links to the International offerings.

Work for the elevator constructors is currently strong with several major projects underway. There are currently four mechanics from Houston working on the MetroHealth project going up on the main campus as well as several members of Local 45 (Akron) in the jurisdiction.

There is a concern for a downturn in the trades as the initial ripple effects of the shutdowns across America reach to projects where funding would have been available and breaking ground in the coming year. This concern may not be unfounded as the initial effects of the 2008 meltdown hit the trades in 2010 but did not fully pass until the 2016 timeframe when pent-up demand drove our current work situation.

A wise approach heading forward is to monitor your personal financial situation and be ready to make adjustments as needed to weather any storm heading our way. NEIEP offers a personal financial planning continuing educational class through its website, neiep.org. Login with your ID and search out the continuing education courses to signup.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 extend their condolences to the family of retired Brother Bob Hess Sr. who passed away December 16.

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

February ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

At the December special meeting, all officers were elected on a white ballot including Brother Chris Sipos who takes over the Conductor post from Brother Lucas Janke.  An election was held for three delegates to the 2021 International Convention currently scheduled to be hosted in San Diego.  Brothers Bill Lynsky, Tim Narowitz and John Patton will join Business Manager John Driscoll Jr in representing Local 17 at the event. 

All eleven apprentices eligible for the Mechanics Exam passed.  Congratulations to Brian Bond, Matt Carlton, Bob Connelly, Felix DeJesus, Matt Herbold, Dave Horner, Pat Kelly, Andrea Rodriguez, Ernie Rodriguez, John Smith, and Dan Varga.  There are an additional eight apprentices eligible for the exam once they pass their last finals.

There are currently 20 apprentices in the Local 17 NEIEP program.  There will be two classes with those who passed 700 moving into 800 and those from 600 moving into 200.

With the start of the new year, this is a good time to reassess your personal and financial goals.  When doing these assessments do not overlook the beneficiary of your insurance policy through the Local.  This is an important designation in the event of your passing especially if you have not made one, are recently married, divorced or had a child.  You can contact John at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org for further information. 

Where are they working?

Al Ward and Deven Shields doing a mod a the Federal Reserve for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Lubrizol installing a four-stop for Otis,

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

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Fairview Village apartments doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Andrea Rodriguez at the Federal Reserve doing a mod for Otis,

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

Jerry Szmerekovsy and Pat Kelly at Swagelock in Solon installing two cars for Otis,

Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser and three Houston mechanics installing fourteen cars at Metro Hospital for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a mod at Terrace Towers for Schindler,

Matt Carlton and Chris Boggess at Metro installing two hydros for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a door mod at UH main campus for Schindler,

Matt Weingart and Lucas Janke doing a mod at UH Bishop for Schindler,

Ryan Todd and Brian Seither doing a four-car mod at Winton Place for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Jay Schaefer at the GreatLakes Cheese Shop in Hiram installing two cars for Schindler,

Tom Peska and Brian Seither installing a car at NASA for Schindler,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows installing a five-stop at Grosevnor Place in Tremont for Kone,

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong installing three cars at Euclid Grand for Kone,

Joe Gauker and James Hirz at the Columbus Airport installing one car for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at Our House in Westlake for Thyssen,

Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at CMHA West Boulevard for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Matt Harden doing a one car mod at Bedford Hospital for Thyssen,

Jason Fredrick and Sebastian Ricco doing a mod at Orangewood for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Jason Saunders installing a car at Aqua Marine for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Marc Carollo at 310 Lakeside doing a mod for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at 5565 Erieview for Gable.

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

January ’21 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

Happy New Year to everyone in the trades.  We have all been working through an extraordinary time in our collective history and all have stories to tell.  The trades in Cleveland have been fortunate versus those in other areas or states.  Our jobs were considered essential and many of us lost no or very little time during this year.  Keep in mind those of your friends, family, Brothers and Sisters who lost loved ones and were denied the opportunity to hold them before they passed.  The voids left in their souls are hard to fill but, the passage of time will eventually give comfort and dull the sharp ache of loss.  Peace comes in time.

Congratulations to Brothers and Sister  Brian Bond, Matt Carlton, Bob Connelly, Felix DeJesus, Matt Herbold, Dave Horner, Pat Kelly, Andrea Rodriguez, Ernie Rodriguez, John Smith, and Dan Varga on passing the Mechanics Exam and receiving their journeyman card..  There are an additional eight apprentices eligible for the exam once they pass their last finals.

IUEC Local 17 has 20 apprentices still engaged in the educational program.  Those apprentices who finished 700 will advance to 800 and those from 600 will now be in 200.

The December mandatory meeting featured voting for the Local delegates to the International convention scheduled for August in San Diego.  Brothers Bill Lynsky, Tim Narowitz and John Patton with accompany Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. as delegates.  Due to COVID, it is unclear at this time whether the convention will be in person, virtual or some mixture of the two.

The Cleveland City Planning Commission  gave approval to several projects that will keep constructors working for a long time.  One is an eleven-story, 207 unit apartment building above the Cleveland Library MLK branch that is called Library lofts.  The second is a 24-story, 250 foot tall apartment building planned with 289 units.  The building will sit at the corner of East 106th and Chester and will dwarf One University Circle by fifteen feet.

If you are on a job that requires a flu shot prior to entry, know that receiving one is a personal preference.  The situation falls under the same requirements as background checks or mandatory drug testing.  The company has to first look for volunteers with no discharge, disciple or layoff due to refusal.  The company may, however, layoff an employee if there is insufficient work.  Check with your doctor about possible reactions to the shot if you are being asked to take one.

Those who were hired into the trade in 2015 will be receiving an increase in their vacation checks from six percent to eight percent on their industry hire date.  If you have a question about this or what your amount should be contact Business manger John Driscoll Jr at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

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

January ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

Happy New Year!  Raise your hand if you’re sad to see 2020 go?  I didn’t think so.  Here’s what’s going on in Local 17…

As of this writing work in Cleveland is strong with Schindler holding the lions share of new construction and modernization.  The other majors are holding their own and keeping as many employed as possible.  

Congratulations go out to Brothers Matt Carlton and Felix DeJesus and Sister Andrea Rodriguez for passing their Mechanics Exam.  This is that only unbiased evaluation of your knowledge as an elevator constructor you will every have.  Congratulations on your achievement and good luck to the remaining eight apprentices awaiting the exam.  

The Local 17 School Board has asked NEIEP to extend their apprentice list through September 2021.  The extension request is due to the ongoing pandemic.  During the time this list has been active, 12 new apprentices have started work in Local 17.

The Elevator Licensing Bill is once again making its way through the state legislature and is coming up for a committee vote.  If it passes out of the committee it will have to pass the State House and Senate before going to the Governor for his signature.  The bill would require the licensing of elevator constructors in the State of Ohio in a similar way that other trades are regulated by the state. 

The Children’s Christmas Party normally scheduled for the second Saturday of December was cancelled due to COVID-19.  

As of this writing the United Irish Society of Greater Cleveland, the sponsors of the annual Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade, are planning for the return of the event for 2021.  Local 17 is slated to march if the event is held

It was reported at the November meeting that the Local had as of that time five members off work for COVID or COVID-related exposure.  All members are encouraged to use masking, social distancing and hand washing as preventive measures as well as limiting exposure to others in group gatherings.

At the November nominations meeting, five members were nominated to attend the IUEC International Convention in San Diego this August.  The election will be held at the December meeting but, as of this writing it is questionable whether an in person gathering will be allowed by Laborers 310 whose hall we use for meetings.  All other officers were nominated without opposition except Conductor where Brother Al Jerson stepped aside in favor of Brother Chris Sipos.  

The 2021 wage rate sheets are out and available from Business Manager John Driscoll Jr by contacting him at the hall at 216-431-8088 or emailing him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.  A mechanic will see a $1.76 raise in the check which is a 3.28% increase in our total package.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brother Josh Mitchell who passed away November 13.

As of this writing there are one mechanic and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

December ’20 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

Congratulations go out to Brothers Matt Carlton and Felix DeJesus and Sister Andrea Rodriguez for passing their Mechanics Exam.  Good luck to the remaining eight apprentices awaiting the exam.

December 11 is the final day apprentices will have access to their unit exams through NEIEP’s distance learning portal.  Those who do not complete their exams with a passing grade will not be eligible to take their final exam the following week.  Apprentices must also have all their OJT hours submitted on time to continue to remain eligible to continue in the program.

The Local 17 School Board has asked NEIEP to extend their apprentice list through September 2021.  The extension request is due to the ongoing pandemic.  During the time this list has been active, 12 new apprentices have started work in Local 17.

The Elevator Licensing Bill is once again making its way through the state legislature and is coming up for a committee vote.  If it passes out of the committee it will have to pass the State House and Senate before going to the Governor for his signature.  The bill would require the licensing of elevator constructors in the State of Ohio in a similar way that other trades are regulated by the state. 

The Children’s Christmas Party normally scheduled for the second Saturday of December has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  

It was reported at the November meeting that the Local had as of that time five members off work for COVID or COVID related exposure.  All members are encouraged to use masking, social distancing and hand washing as preventive measures as well as limiting exposure to others in group gatherings.

As of this writing the United Irish Society of Greater Cleveland, the sponsors of the annual Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade, are planning for the return of the event for 2021.  IUEC Local 17 is slated to march if the event is held. 

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brother Josh Mitchell who passed away November 13.

As of this writing there are one mechanic and one apprentice on the bench.

December ’20 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

There’s a lot going on so let’s get to it…

For the first time since the announcement of the pandemic by the World Health Organization, Local 17 held a members meeting at the hall October 9.  Seating was spread out in accordance with CDC recommendations and face masks were mandatory.    This was also the first opportunity to swear in probationary apprentices and five new brothers took advantage of it.  Four of them had been previously sworn in at Executive Board meetings.

By the time the reaches your mailbox at the beginning of December the fall semester will be drawing to a close.  All apprentices should be working on the last few units of their modules and preparing for the final exams.  Do not fall behind on this work.  

Advancement in the trade depends on the timely completion of school work.  Given the special nature of the pandemic restrictions, this may be especially hard on those who learn best from in-person or hands-on instruction.  Keep working hard and ask questions of your mechanic and instructors.  There are many in the trade who are more than willing to share their knowledge.

If you are interested in taking a forklift class, NEIEP is willing to pay for online instruction since there are no plans for face-to-face instruction.  For information of how this works, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org or calling the hall at 216-431-8088.

For those taking callbacks at Thyssen, Local 17 has placed Bluestone Apartments, 25450 Euclid Ave on their list of two-man calls. 

The Trustees of the Elevator Constructors 401(k) and annuity plan have extended the COVID-19 distributions through December 15.

The December 13, 2020 and January 8, 2021 meetings are mandatory meetings for the election and installation of officers.  Fines will be levied for non-attendance.

The Children’s Christmas Party has been cancelled due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Where are they working?

Al Ward and Deven Shields doing a mod at the Federal Reserve for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Astrup installing a four-stop for Otis,

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Fairview Village Apartments doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Andrea Rodriguez at the Federal Reserve doing a mod for Otis,

Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser and three mechanics from Houston installing 14 cars at MetroGeneral Hospital for Schindler,

Shaun Yatsko and Chris Boggess at St. Clair Place doing a mod for Schindler,

Gary Thompson and Jason Mays at Penton Media finishing a 15-car mod for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a door mod at UH Bishop for Schindler,

Ryan Todd And Brian Seither doing a four-car mod at Winton Place for Schindler,

Matt Weingart and Lucas Janke doing a mod at UH Bishop for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Jay Schaffer at Great Lakes Cheese Shop in Hiram installing two two-stops for Schindler,

Tom Peska and Brian Seither installing one car at NASA for Schindler,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows installing a five-stop at Grosvenor Place in Tremont for Kone,

Drew Williams and Jakob Mullett doing escalator clean downs at Browns Stadium for Kone,

Joe Gauker and James Hirz at the Quarter on Detroit installing two five-stop cars for Kone,

Kevin Thomas and Sebastian Ricco installing one car for Thyssen,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at 5565 Erieview for Gable,

Brian Owens and Herb Fouts at 7007 Pleasant Valley Road installing a four-stop for Schindler.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Brother Greg Seaman who lost his son Anthony and retired Brother John Lopiccolo, Sr. who passed away.

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  

November ’20 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

As you read this in the second week of November, the IUEC Local 17 apprentices are nearing the end of the fall semester.  Since NEIEP has instituted distance learning, it is even more important to keep up on their studies.  The Joint Apprenticeship Committee receives regular reports on the status of apprentices advancement through the program.  If an apprentice falls behind the average of one unit per week, they run the risk of being asked to attend a JAC meeting.  

NEIEP has been receiving requests to hold a forklift class.  Since there is no face-to-face instruction, NEIEP will pay for an online course.  If you are interested in finding a  class, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org or call 216-431-8088.

Local 17 has placed Bluestone Apartments, 25450 Euclid Avenue on its list of two-man callbacks.  Bluestone is currently serviced by Thyssen-Krupp.  This list is compiled by the Local and distributed to signatories to represent jobs that may pose a safety risk to our members.

The trustees of the IUEC 401(k) and annuity plan have extended the COVID-19 related distribution eligibility to December 15.  This is the third extension of the program.

In the November issue of the Elevator Constructor, the IUEC monthly journal, the International Safety Committee used its space to discuss the topic of mental health awareness and suicide prevention.  This is an especially timely subject given the stresses placed on society by the pandemic and a time of year known to intensify depression and loneliness.  To counter this trend the IUEC offers the Members Assistance Program through Beacon Health.  It is covered by the Benefits Plan as are most mental health services.  If you know someone who is in crisis or you are yourself, you can call 800-331-4824.  The number is manned 24/7 and can give help on a number of topics.  There is also a link on the IUEC Local 17 website, iueclocal17.org

The December 13, 2020 and January 8, 2021 meetings are mandatory meetings for the election and installation of officers.  Fines will be levied for non-attendance.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Brother Greg Seaman who lost his son Anthony and retired Brother John Lopiccolo Sr. who passed away.

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

November ’20 Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

As I write this, the Cleveland Fire Department is extinguishing the hot spots from the fire at the Samson Pavilion of the Heath Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic left by the conflagration between President Trump and former Vice President Biden.  

The only words I have for what took place on camera are ummm… Wow.  Really?  Wow.

The bright spots took place off stage and behind the scenes.  The protests were peaceful, with only four arrests for minor offenses noted.  The City of Cleveland took the occasion to show the rest of the country how a professional event of this importance is to be staged. From the venue to the support services and the highest level of security yet for an election event this cycle pulled off with pride and to perfection. 

Readers from other cities note that I can be a bit of a “homer” but, I am proud of my home town and the tremendous progress it has made over the years transforming itself from a heavy industrial city to one that boasts three of the best health care systems in the country within its borders:  The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth.  I have family and friends that work and have been cared for in all three systems and am extremely grateful for the professionalism and cutting edge treatments they offer Northeast Ohio and the rest of the world.

Cleveland has once again set the bar high giving other host cities a standard to attain.  Let’s hope the rest of America takes this cue and holds our leaders to the same standard of excellence.

The fall semester started August 31 and is again online due to the COVID-19 concerns.  NEIEP is offering two instructors locally to assist apprentices with the course work as well as other instructors from around the country available online.  All other standards for distance learning are in place.  The school work must be completed by December 11 to be eligible for the finals during the week of December 14.

Local 17 has eleven apprentices eligible for the mechanics exam but due to the lockdown NEIEP is not paying for in person instruction for the exam.  Rick Meyers is donating his time setting up online meetings to review the material he has put together through his career.

All apprentices should have received raises in the first check in September.  Check your paystub and if you have any questions about your rate contact Business Manager john Driscoll Jr. at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Congratulations to Brother Joel Reyes on passing the mechanics exam.

The November 13, 2020, December 11, 2020 and January 8, 2021 meetings are mandatory for the nomination, election and installation of officers.  Failure to attend will result in fines being levied by the Executive Board.

Remember to report to the hall when you are on a job that will last for more than two days.

If you or your family had a life event (birth, death, marriage, etc.), moved or changed your phone number or insurance beneficiary, take a few minutes and update your contact information with the hall.  You can call or email John at the numbers above.  

As of this writing there are two mechanics and one probationary apprentice on the bench.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

October ’20 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

Laborers Local 310, in compliance with all safety recommendations in force since the March announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic, restricted access to the meeting hall out of concern for social distancing and possible transmission risks.  While the pandemic has limited the ability of IUEC Local 17 to hold regular member meetings, the officers met to conduct the normal business of the Local.  The first regular member meeting since March will be held October 13 at the hall.  All members are encouraged to attend and to keep in mind the need for masking and distance at the event.  This will be true for all meetings for the foreseeable future.

The November 13, 2020, December 11, 2020 and January 8, 2021 Local 17 meetings are mandatory for the nomination, election and installation of officers.  Fines will be levied by the Executive Board for non-attendance.

Apprentices started back to a virtual class experience on August 31.  Since NEIEP would not allow face-to-face instruction, Brothers Jerry Reitz and Tim Narowitz are available on Monday and Tuesday to answer questions about material.  NEIEP has also made available mentoring sessions with instructors around the country.  Students are reminded that they are required to keep on pace to be completed with their classwork by December 11 with finals week beginning December 14.

There are eleven apprentices eligible to take the Mechanics Exam.  Rick Myers is running a review class over Webex using the material he has accumulated over the years.  

Congratulations go out to Brother Joel Reyes on the accomplishment of passing the Mechanics Exam.

When this article reaches your door, there will be less than 30 days left before election day.  Whether you have chosen to vote by mail or will be going to the polls in person, you will be letting your voice be heard above the cacophony we have endured.  Be proud of your vote and remember those who fight in the trenches and the courts to maintain this obligation that is so fragile when practiced individually and so strong when practiced together.

As of this writing there are two mechanics and one probationary apprentice on the bench.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety

Don

Dknapik@windsttream.net