June ’12 Cleveland Citizen

 

Business Agent Tim Moennich and trustee John Driscoll, Jr. were recently in Washington DC talking with our area congressional delegation.  Most of the conversation centered around project labor agreements (PLA’s), Davis-Bacon Act and prevailing wage laws and their impact on the region.

According to Wikipedia a PLA is “…a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project.  Before any workers are hired on the project, construction unions have bargaining rights to determine the wage rates and benefits of all employees working on the particular project and to agree the provisions of the agreement.”  The Davis-Bacon Act set the requirement on any federally funded public works project over $2000 that the prevailing wage in the area be paid to the workers on the job.  This prevents unscrupulous contractors from driving down wages in a region.

It is even more important now that we support labor-friendly candidates at all levels of government.

Everyone that took the hydraulic controller, scaffolding, signaling and rigging and the welding classes offered through NEIEP should have received the results of their final exams.  Continuing education is the most important aspect of our trade and it sets us apart from our non-union rivals.  The classes offered through NEIEP are your best bet to keeping your job.

Take full advantage of the opportunity that is available.

I am currently working with NEIEP on the next issue of Lift Magazine.  The theme for the issue is safety and I am looking for your help to fill out this issue.  I am looking for safety related stories about close calls, problems found on jobs or incidences where you feel like the elevator gods were looking out for you.  All submissions will be anonymously included.  This means I will not identify you or your employer in any way, shape or form without your complete consent.  I will need your contact information to confirm your story with you prior to it being included.  You can email me at dknapik@windstream.net if you have a story you would like to include or have any questions.  This is an opportunity to share your experience with others in the International and make a positive contribution to the trade.

At a special meeting of the governing board of the Building and Construction Trades department, Sean McGarvey was elected president to replace Brother Mark Ayers who suddenly passed away on Easter Sunday.

The Benefits Office will be mailing the annual retiree’s certification to all of the retiree’s receiving benefits.  The purpose is to ensure that everyone is following the plan rules on disqualifying employment.  This is a mandatory form that all retiree’s need to fill out and return.

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing was held on June 2nd at Mallard Creek Golf Club.  There were 51 active and retired brothers and guests in attendance.  This year there were two teams tied at 1-under par for the outing championship and as in the past the winner was determined by a putt-off.  Besting the team of Rob Hanson and Mike Wickham were Mike Moennich and his son Sean.  Photos of the day are available on the local’s website, iueclocal17.org.

Do not forget to mark your calendar for the first IUEC Local 17 Classic Car and Bike Night to be held July 13th at the hall located at 3250 Euclid Avenue.  The event will follow the regularly scheduled union meeting and food and refreshments will follow.  You are welcome to bring either your old classic or late model classic-to-be.  This is going to be a great time and opportunity to get together with the members and swap some stories about our favorite rides.

Tim wants me to remind everyone that is they are on a job that lasts for more than two days, they need to call the hall and report their location.  This is a requirement of the by-laws and it helps Tim and the International keep track of the amount of work in the local.

As of this writing there are 14 mechanics out of work.