March ’14 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of those of Irish heritage and those that wish they were! Local 17 will be marching once again in the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  We marshal for the event along Superior Avenue in the general area of the Plain Dealer building.  The parade is a family friendly event.  Whether your children are bottle fed or old enough to hold the bottle themselves, there is something there for everyone.

The annual Retirees Dinner for Local 17 has been changed to May 16th.  The event will still be held at Frank Sterle’s Slovenian Restaurant, 1401 East 55th Street, Cleveland Ohio.  The cost is $30 for active members and free for retirees.  Please contact Entertainment Chairman Mike Hogan at m.hogan67@yahoo.com or Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or TMoennich@iueclocal17.org for your reservations.

June 7th Local 17 will hold the annual golf outing at Mallard Creek Golf Club, 34500 Royalton Road, Columbia Station.  The cost this year is $100 dollars for a day filled with 18 holes of golf, food, prizes at an event that is the best way to start the summer.  The deadline for reservations is May 23rd.  Contact Mike Hogan to make your reservations for this year’s event.

The new IRS mileage rate is 56 cents per mile effective January 1.  This is a decrease of one-half cent a mile from 2013.

Otis recently agreed to stop shipping its flat travel cables with the jacket removed from the car side but may still strip the jacket from the controller side prior to being shipped for their MRL and hydraulic elevators.  If you are on a job where you receive a travel cable that is stripped on both ends, contact Tim at the hall for a clarification on the agreement.

The Local 17 Volunteer Organizing Committee (VOC) was formed to organize the unorganized companies working in our area. If you know of a job that was taken over by a non-signatory company or where a non-signatory is working, call Tim at the hall.  If you would like to be a part of the committee, contact Tim for the next meeting date.

Where are they working?

Gary Thompson and Ryan Todd finishing a mod at Statler Office Tower for Schindler,

Gerard Szemerkovsky and Craig Nolty installing a car at Orlando Bakery for Otis,

John Goggin and Mike Hogan doing escalator clean downs at the airport for Schindler,

Jim Thompson and Jeff Ward cabling at Key Tower for Otis,

Bill Yuhas and Kevin Driscoll installing an elevator at Case Western Reserve for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Tony Kuhn doing a two-car mod at Southgate Towers for Thyssen,

Shawn Yatsko and Joe Sumph doing a mod at Lake Park Towers for Schindler,

Joe Broz, Jr. and Scott Erison doing a jack job at Point 5 for Thyssen,

John Patton and Tom Gombar doing a valve job at Highland Woods for Kone,

Bill Sellers and Tim Gibbons doing a mod at Victoria Plaza for Schindler,

Mark Byram and Eric Crossgrove installing escalators at the casino welcome center for Schindler,

Greg Seaman and Tom Peska at 1717 East 9th doing a mod for Schindler,

The members of Local 17 send their condolences to retired Brother Pete Nuccio whose wife recently passed away.

As of this writing there are 13 mechanics and two apprentices on the bench.

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety,

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net