September ’16 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

There is a lot going on so lets get to it…

Another attempt is being made to turn Ohio in to a Right-to-Work-For-Less state. Ohio House Republican John Becker introduced HB 583 which provides pubic-sector workers the choice to opt out of union representation and paying dues. The introduction of this legislation came after the departure of Governor John Kasich from the presidential race and before the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland.

Business Manager Tim Moennich has sign up sheets for three continuing education opportunities: CPR, scaffolding and welding. The CPR class contains all the necessary training to receive your CPR card. This is a valuable skill that is good to have but, you hope you never have to use. The scaffolding class teaches the constructor all aspects of the SAIA curriculum needed to be considered a competent person when erecting frame scaffolding. The card is good for three years. Finally, Local 17 is once again offering the welding class through Lincoln Electric at their world headquarters in Euclid, Ohio. The class is 40 hours long over two weeks and offers the student the opportunity to earn a 3G or 4G welding certification. If you are interested in any of these offerings contact Tim at 216-431-8088 or

Schindler has exercised their right to hire a temporary helper in the company management training program. According to the contract, the company can hire no more than one temporary helper for a total of three to eighteen month duration with no more than one working per local per year. The company pays both the local and International $180 per month. The helper is currently working on the Erieview Tower modernization.

On September 3, the North Shore Federation of Labor will hold its 4th Annual Labor Day Festival at James Day (Nike) Park in Parma. The event is free and open to the public with events for children and adults and the cost is free.

Where are they working?

Dave Gnagy, John Brunner, Matt Carlton and Brian Seither installing three cars at Crocker Park for Schindler,

John Logue and Brian Bond doing service work at the Ritz-Carlton for Otis,

Shawn Yatsko and Ryan Todd doing a mod on the freight car at the Leader Building for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Ryan Harger doing a mod at the Wyndham Hotel for Schindler,

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

Matt Pinchot and Jason Saunders doing a two-car mod at Lamp Light Inn for Otis,

Bob Meyers and Chris DeJesus doing a mod at 25th Street Lofts for Kone,

Todd Ross and Heath Kramer doing escalator clean downs at Browns Stadium for Kone,

Ken Jung and Tim Gibbons doing a jack at Richmond Park Apartments for Schindler,

Don Kaiser and John Smith doing service work for Schindler,

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

Tom Peska and Dan Varga installing cars at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center for Schindler,

Greg Miller and Jim Sinclair doing a mod at 1330 River Road for Maximum Elevator,

Jim Ehrbar and Rod Zadravec doing a two-car mod at 645 Prospect Parking Garage for Thyssen,

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of retired Brother Joseph Faber who passed away June 17th and Brother Rob Hansen whose mother passed away June 28th.

As of this writing the Local is at full employment.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

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