August ’16 Labor Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

The fall Semester for our Local 17 NEIEP students begins August 10th and 11th. All the apprentices should have their class dates. If for some reason you have not heard from NEIEP contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

Local 17 is offering a number of continuing education opportunities. First is the CPR class which gives the student hands-on experience with this life saving skill. It is a great tool to have in your bag that you hope you never have to use. Second is the scaffolding class offered in cooperation with the Scaffold Access Industry Association (SAIA) and NEIEP. The successful completion of the class qualifies the person as a Competent Person for the erection of frame scaffolding. The certification is good for three years. Finally, Local 17 is looking to schedule another welding class at the world headquarters of Lincoln Electric In Euclid, Ohio. The class is 40 hours of training over two weeks and offers the opportunity to achieve a 3G or 4G certification. The class is expected to start after the first of the year.

If you would like to take advantage of any of these opportunities or would like to see any other class offered, contact Tim at the Hall.

On September 3, the North Shore Federation Labor will hold its 4th Annual Labor Day Festival at James Day (Nike) Park from 10 am to 3 pm. The Celebration of Labor event is free and open to the public with things to do for kids and adults.

Schindler Elevator in Cleveland has exercised their right under the contract to hire a Temporary Helper for their management training program. The company has the right to work the Helper for a three to 18 month duration with no more than one working per local per year. The company also pays $180 to both the Local and International. The Temporary Helper is working on the modernization job at Erieview Tower.

Since 2004 IUEC Local 17 has had an agreement with American Income Life Insurance to offer insurance products to members of the local. As a member of Local 17 you have an automatic $3500 accidental death and dismemberment benefit. AIL offers a variety of disability and other life insurance products. If you send in the yellow card that comes with the Local 17 letter an AIL salesman will call on you.

In the Ohio House of Representatives, Republican John Becker introduced HB 583 which would provide for public sector workers to opt-out of union representation and dues. In other words, turn Ohio into yet another Right-To-Work-For-Less state. The bill was introduced after Governor John Kasich left the Republican presidential race and before the RNC held their convention here in Cleveland. There are currently 26 states with RTWFL legislation including Michigan, Indiana and West Virginia.

The IUEC Local 17 Golf outing is Saturday, August 20th at Emerald Woods Golf Course, 12501 North Boone Rd., Columbia Station. Tee times start at 9 am and the cost is $90 per person. There will be a variety of prizes and food and drink at the turn and afterward. This is always a “must attend” event for members, retirees and their friends and family.