August ’16 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

As this copy of the Elevator Constructor goes to press, the IUEC is preparing for the 31st General Convention in Chicago. No one really knows what the outcome of the Convention will be on the issues that will be brought to the table for the next contract negotiation. I am sure that chief among them will be worker safety and resolutions brought by the locals to try and keep that in the forefront.

The only thing I hope for is that the collected wisdom of the 76 locals is embodied in the delegates chosen to attend and they lay a solid foundation for the work yet to come.

If all goes well, Local 17 will have three apprentices eligible for the mechanics test. It is by far the most nerve wracking and humbling experience you endure. It is also the only unbiased evaluation of your knowledge of the trade you will ever have. Good luck to everyone.

For everyone else enrolled in class, your vacation ends on August 10.

American Income Life Insurance will be sending a letter attempting to solicit business from members of Local 17. Returning the card expressing interest in sitting down with a representative is not necessary to receive the benefits already assured to members of the local and their families. If you are interested in reviewing their offerings or are looking for supplemental insurance not available through your regular agent, then you may want to keep them in mind. It is your choice.

Whenever you are working on a job that will lat for more than two days, remember to call the hall at 216-431-8088.

It is time again for the IUEC Local 17 Annual Golf Outing. The event will be held at Emerald Woods Golf Course,12501 North Boone Road, Columbia Station on August 20th. Cost and tee times have not been announced. Watch this space and the local website, iueclocal17.org for more information.

Where are they working?

Dave Lehotan and Joel Reyes recabling at One Cleveland Center for Schindler,

Lloyd Parks and Josh Mitchell doing service work at the airport for Schindler,

Jim Rogers and Zack Lanum installing a car at the Hotel Indigo for Schindler,

Ken Jung and John Smith doing a jack at Richmond Park Apartments for Schindler,

Joe Broz, Jr. and Brandan Alley doing a mod at the Halle’s Parking Garage for Thyssen,

Tim Moore and Dion Yatsko installing two cars at Truth For Life for Schindler,

Matt Weingart and Sean Canning doing inspections at the Natural History Museum for Schindler,

Gary Thompson, Dave Craver, Ryan Todd and Robert Timko doing the mod at Erieview Tower for Schindler,

Jim Ehrbar and Chris DeJesus doing a mod at 648 Prospect Parking Garage for Thyssen,

Mike Miller and Patrick Kelly installing cars at American Greetings for Otis,

Jeff Lindell and Chris Sipos doing an escalator mod at Tower City for Kone,

Bill Yuhas and Kevin Driscoll doing a mod at Bohn Tower for Thyssen, and

Tom Gombar and John Patton replacing travel cords in Bowling Green for Kone,
As of this writing the bench is clear.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.
Don
DKnapik@windstream.net