May 2015 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

To everyone reading these words, please take a minute and thank the person responsible for helping you find a place in the best trade in the trades. If you are the loved one of an IUEC member, then thank them in some small way for all they do. This job is not always easy and it is always dangerous but, it provides all of our union family with a security that is the envy of the trades.

So, thank you Mike Syrowski. Happy May Day.

The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades have an agreement with the host committee of the Republican National Convention. The Committee agrees to use organized labor whenever possible and the trades agree to do all in their power to avoid work stoppages during the 2016 convention being held in Cleveland next July.

Business Manager Tim Moennich wants to remind everyone that it is the responsibility of the membership to report to the hall anytime they are on a job that will last more than two days. This applies to construction, modernization and repair teams and is important to keeping track of the level of work in the Cleveland area. You can contact Tim at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at

At the March meeting Tim reminded the membership that a supervisor must notify you when changing your time and that you must report the correct amount of expenses (zone, travel, milage, cartage, purchased items, etc.) per the contract and local expense agreement negotiated with the employers on your behalf. It only takes a few minutes before submitting your time for the week to check over your expenses and receipts to ensure they are charged correctly. If you are not, then reserve a date for an Executive Board meeting. They meet two weeks before the regular meeting at the hall located at 3250 Euclid Avenue. If you have problem with a supervisor not paying the correct amount of expenses, then contact Tim at the number above and he will handle it for you.

The 2015 Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner is scheduled for May 15 at Frank Sterle’s Slovenian House Restaurant, 1401 East 55th Street Cleveland, Ohio. Letters will be coming soon so you can reserve your place at this well attended annual event to honor those who worked so hard to make IUEC Local 17 the best local in the best trade in the trades.

Where are they working?

Greg Miller and Jim Sinclair are doing a mod at 1330 Old River Rd. in the Flats for Maximum,

Bill Sellers and Tim Gibbons installing a pump unit at the Cathedral Parking Garage for Schindler,

Anthony Metcalf and Ken Eaton doing a two-car mod at the Drake Apartments for Thyssen,

Jim Archer and Mark Byram doing a two-car mod at Westlake Condos for Schindler,

Dave Francis and John Brunner installing two hydros at Cedar Point for Schindler,

Kevin Thomas and Pat McCann installing two hydros at Beachwood Commons for Thyssen,

Jeff Ward and Dave Adrian doing a jack at the Health Pavilion in Fairlawn for Thyssen,

Tom Gombar and Clint Williams doing a door mod at Presidential Apartments for Kone,

Mike Miller, Jason Sohayda, Matt Page and Lucas Jenke starting the Flats East Bank project for Otis,

Matt Weingart and Taurus Ogletree installing a three-stop elevator at CSU for Schindler,

Neil Beechuck and Kevin Driscoll installing a hydro at Avon Middle School for Schindler,

Scott Hicks and Tom Peska installing a car at the Crocker Park Parking Garage for Schindler,

Gerard Szmerekovsky and Craig Nolty installing two cars at RTA-Lee Road for Otis.
The brothers and sisters of Local 17 extend their condolences to brother Brian Semanco whose father passed away March 18th.

As of this writing there are 17 mechanics and two apprentices on the bench.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety,


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