April Labor Citizen

Brothers and sisters:
Although it was a Monday and the weather was cold and clear, St. Patrick’s Day 2014 was a success for IUEC Local 17. Almost a dozen members, many with their families in tow, showed their green in the annual parade. An addition to the local’s entry was Jason Faber and his restored 1952 Chevrolet Suburban wagon. Also new this year was the donation of the stake body truck by Kone so the children could take part in the festivities. If you would like to see pictures from the day, go to the local’s website iueclocal17.org and cursor down to the posted images.

John Taylor will be teaching a class on microprocessor-based control systems. The course covers processor-based systems, circuits, maintenance, service and elevator applications. The course is six weeks long. If you are interested in attending, contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or by email at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

Do not forget 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 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.

April will be a special called meeting for the third reading of resolutions regarding the Volunteer Organizing Committee for Local 17. As with all special called meetings, this one is mandatory and will result in a fine for non-attendance.

With the political season around the corner, the National Elevator Constructors Political Action Committee is looking for support to build its war chest. Contributions to NECPAC come from an hourly contribution made directly from the members check. The amount can be as small as five-cents an hour which translates to about $100 a year. Any active or retired members wishing to make a contribution from their monthly pension checks can do so by filling out a PDF form available from the IUEC website, iuec.org, under My IUEC and the Political Action tab.

IUEC Local 17 is proud to announce that Business Manager Tim Moennich was named to the executive board of the Cleveland Building Trades. Besides his business Manager duties for the local, Moennich is also a trustee of the National Elevator Industry Educational Program. NEIEP is responsible for administering the apprenticeship program in all locals for the IUEC.

The Volunteer Organizing Committee is asking all members of the Cleveland building trades to keep their eyes open for non-signatory companies working on any of their jobs. Cleveland’s signatory companies are Kone, Maximum, Otis, Ross, Schindler and ThyssenKrupp. If you have a question about whether a company is a signatory, please call our hall at 216-431-8088. We would also like to thank all those who have called to report non-signatories on their jobs. Together we all make the trades stronger.

Where are they working?
DJ Spring and Joe Simcic installing two cars at 1010 Euclid for Otis,
John Patton and Tom Gombar doing repair work at Lockhead Martin in Akron for Kone,
Ric Supinski went to work for Thyssen in Akron,
Jim Sinclair left Otis Elevator to work for Maximum Elevator,
Matt Pinchot and Al Ward doing a three-car mod at the Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst for Otis,
Dave Hess and Dave Adrian doing a door mod at Beachpark Apartments for Thyssen,
Todd Kemp and Randy Thompson cabling at the VA for Thyssen, and
Ken Hasek and Craig Haller at Kaiser doing a jack for Otis.

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