November ’15 Labor Citizen

Brothers and sisters:
Retired Brother John Taylor will be teaching two classes. The first class covers microprocessor based controllers including IO’s, maintenance and service. The second class covers solid state motor control. The microprocessor based class is six nights long and the motor control class is covered in five nights. If you are interested in attending or would like more information you can contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

The Local 17 JATC has notified NEIEP that it will be accepting applications for the new hire list. No dates have been set for the application process to begin. The local currently has 15 probationary apprentices on the books and the list sits currently at number 35 and has been active since 2013. This is the largest probationary class the local has seen in a number of years. For updates on the application process watch this space or the local’s website iueclocal17.org.

Please note that the meetings of December 11, 2016 and January 8, 2016 are mandatory meetings for the election and installation of officers. Those not contacting the hall prior to the meetings will be fined in accordance with the by-laws. These two meetings are special for other reasons. The December meeting will be attended by IUEC General President Frank Christensen and the local will also nominate delegates to the 31st General Convention to be held in Chicago, Illinois starting July 11, 2016. The besides the installation of officers, the January meeting will feature the election of delegates to the General Convention a vote on a dues increase. These are sure to be well attended meetings, so please arrive early.

On September 19, the IUEC signed an affiliation agreement with Union Los Gladiadores, Inc., the union representing elevator constructors on the island of Puerto Rico. Union Los Gladiadores represents constructors working for Otis, Schindler and Thyssen-Krupp Elevator. They are currently working on organizing the other companies under their banner.

The IUEC Local 17 Annual Children’s Christmas Party will be held at 1 pm on December 12 at the hall located t 3250 Euclid Ave. Children up to 12 years old will receive gifts and parents are asked to bring baked goods. Beverages will be provided by the local. To ensure your spot, please either contact Tim at the hall or send your name and the names and ages of your children to Entertainment Chairman Mike Hogan, 26962 Southward Lane, Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138 no later than November 27th.

In September, Kevin Sullivan from Work Preservation met with the Ohio locals to discuss supporting the Model Elevator Safety legislation. This would require the licensing of all elevator constructors in the state of Ohio. This would also require a certain amount of continuing education per time period in order for a constructor to retain their license. Similar laws are in effect for health care workers (doctors, nurses, aides, specialty techs, etc.), lawyers, veterinary science workers and almost every profession that requires a test mandated by the state in order to practice in that state. Sullivan has contacted company representatives as well as state legislators and lobbyists who would be willing to work on making this a reality in Ohio.

Watch your mailbox for the latest edition of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefits Plan summary of benefits book. This publication breaks down the benefits we are eligible for into easy to read and understand bullet point and explanations. It is invaluable to anyone who has any questions about how the Plan works.

The Brothers of IUEC Local 17 sends their condolences to Brother Clint Williams on the passing of his mother on September 16.

As of this writing there is one mechanic on the bench.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net