November ’15 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

On September 12, I was honored to once again be the father of the bride.

For years Katie and I spent countless Sundays walking in the park with her dog Angel. On these walks she would tell me about the drama happening in her little world. I would listen knowing the transitory nature of schoolgirl pettiness and the permanence of the moments we shared together walking all those miles. Her talking, me listening.

Katie and Andrew were married at Squires Castle. A fitting backdrop for a father’s princess to become a husband’s queen. And, for this father and daughter, one last walk together in the park.

For this father of the bride, the longest short walk of his life.

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18 has been in a jurisdictional dispute with LIUNA Local 310 over the construction of the Engineer’s new headquarters and training facilities. The Operating Engineers claimed Laborers work, hired a notoriously anti-union general contractor and non-union contractors for the job and refused to sign PLAs which eroded good relations with contractors and building owners.

After many months of talks, the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades petitioned the national Building Trades to expel Local 18. On August 28th the request was granted.

The November 13, December 11 and January 8 meetings are required meetings for the nomination, election and installation of officers. Members not attending are subject to fines and discipline by the Executive Board. The meetings start at 6pm at the hall located at 3250 Euclid Avenue. If you have any questions, please call Business Manger Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088.

If you are working as an assistant mechanic, please be sure that you keep your agreement with your employer current. Local 17 currently has 19 assistant mechanics on the books.

The National Elevator Industry Benefits Plan recently initiated a Members Assistance Program to help with marital, work, alcohol, emotional legal and financial issues faced by its union family. If you have any questions about how the plan works or would like more information about services offered call 1-800-523-4702. Many of the services are free or at a reduced cost and can make a difference in your life or that of a loved one.

Where are they working?
DJ Spring and Joe Simcic installing four cars at the Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic for Otis,

Mark Byram and Chris Wyatt doing a three-car mod at Westbury Apartments for Schindler,

Bill Uhas and Ken Eaton at Lorain County Rehabilitation installing two hydros for Thyssen,

Bill Sellers and Eric Crossgrove installing door sills at UH Adelbert Parking Garage for Schindler,

Joe Broz Jr. and Lemroy Hurd doing machine work at the Superior Building for Thyssen,

John Patton and Tom Gombar doing escalator inspections at South Park Mall for Kone,

Mike Miller and Matt Page starting the American Greetings job at Crocker Park for Otis,

Gerard Szmerkovsky and Lucas Jenke starting the Lorain Historical Society job for Otis,

Greg Seaman and Tim Gibbons doing escalator mod work at the airport for Schindler,

Niel Beechuk and Kevin Driscoll installing a car at Aquamarine for Thyssen,

Don Knapik and Ken Jung installing travel cords at UH Adelbert Road Garage for Schindler,

Matt Pinchot and Jeff Ward doing a one car mod at Fairview Village Apartments for Otis,

John Goggin and Mike Hogan doing service work at Youngstown City Hall for Schindler,

Scott Hicks and Mack Carollo installing three cars at the Scofield Building for Schindler,
The Brothers of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of retired Brothers Frank Yako who passed away July 16 and Ken Reihs who passed away August 10.
As of this writing there are six mechanics and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don