April ’11 Constructor Article

Brothers and sisters:

Is it clear why it is important to elect labor friendly candidates?  Cairo moved to Madison as the Republican governor tried to legislate what he could not negotiate and Governor Kasich is standing on the same precipice as his Wisconsin counterpart.  If you did not get the March issue of the Cleveland Citizen or read my article, please go to my blog at through-the-mill.com and read the post “Cairo Comes to Madison” discussing the situation as of March 1.

Please read it!

As of this writing, there are 31 members off.  How many of these brothers and sisters would be working if everyone was vigilant about protecting Article IV work?  Article IV is the part of the contract that spells out the work that is to be performed by the Elevator Constructor and it is very detailed about the work we claim.  Some of the points seem archaic, like references to steam, belt, compressed air and hand powered elevators but others, like the use of fiber optics speak to the present and future of the trade.

Every year the International wins case after case of Article IV violations by the companies and every year we in the field find reasons to let some of these blatant violations pass unchecked.

Also, do not forget Article VIII which spells out one-man and team repair work.  This is an area that the companies have exploited to our disadvantage and we need to be ever more aggressive at protecting.  Their corporate officers and our elected leadership signed the contract.  We need to be sure the companies live up to their end.  We do.

With the spring semester in full swing, here is a reminder that apprentices can only miss two classes per semester and those classes must be made up before the final exam.  Look to these pages and the Citizen for makeup dates.  Rick Myers has 16 mechanics in the hydraulic controller theory and troubleshooting class that is currently underway.  He will also be teaching an OSHA 10 class that gives you a card allowing you to work on sites that require OHSA 10 training.

The annual Retiree’s Dinner will be held on April 15th at Frank Sterle’s, 1401 East 55th Street.  As always, cocktails are served at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30.

The easiest thing to do is sit around and complain.  We all do it, don’t lie.  We complain about our jobs, our bosses, our customers, spouses, helpers, mechanics, blah, blah, blah.  How often do you take the initiative to make a positive change?  Honestly?  You have an opportunity to make an impact on the trade by submitting your ideas for the contract or by-laws for our delegates to take to the 30th General Convention in Orlando this August.  This is a real opportunity for everyone to make their voice heard on the future of the trade.  The deadline for submissions to the International is May 31st so get your ideas to Tim ASAP.

Where are they working?

Dave Hess and Joe Broz repairing water damage at the Pinnacle Building for Thyssen,

John Goggin and Ed Gimmel at EMH doing machine work for Schindler,

Jason Fredrick and Anthony Metcalf doing a mod at Villa Mars at West 70th and Detroit for Thyssen,

Neil Beechuk and Bill Dudas at the Heritage Office Building doing a three-stop mod for Thyssen,

Matt Pinchot and Scott Villanueva doing service work for Otis,

Denny Dixon, Bob Myers, Terry Keating and Tim Narowitz at the Art Museum for Kone,

Matt Weingart, Jim Archer, John Brunner, Scott Hicks, Dave Brunner, Mark Byram and Taurus Ogletree finishing up UH Caner Center for Schindler.

Condolences go out to Mark and John Ondich whose mother, Elaine, passed away February 4th.

As of this writing, there are 28 mechanics and three apprentices off.

‘till next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

Dknapik@windstream.net