December ’16 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will be over, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be history and everyone will be looking forward to the end of the year holidays. As you go through the season, please remember those that are less fortunate than yourself. Whether you give of your time, talent or treasure, small kindnesses, like throwing a stone into a pond, have large effects.

With the contract ending in July, this is a great time to do some planning in the event of a work stoppage. As you prepare for the coming tax season look at the status of your retirement, 401(k), cash-on-hand savings as well as your long term and short term secured and unsecured debts. How much do you owe on your credit cards? Are there any you can pay off? What is the balance on your mortgage? How much are you really paying toward your principal every month? Are you able to afford that vanity purchase in the event things slow down? What about internet access and cable/satellite TV service fees on subscriptions like Apple Music or Netflix? Don’t forget about insurance policies and annuities you are paying into for future income. All these have an effect on your bottom line and ability to save towards retirement. A little pre-planning and review now will reap large rewards tomorrow.

The annual Local 17 Children’s Christmas Party will start at 1 pm on Saturday, December 10th at the hall located at 3250 Euclid Avenue. This is a great event for everyone regardless if you have children or not. As in past years, Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance and pass out gifts to children 12 and under.

The December 9th and January 13th union meetings are mandatory meetings for the election and installation of officers. Those not attending or reporting to the hall prior to the meeting will be fined $20.

The January meeting will be a Special Called Meeting for the approval of a dues increase to offset the per capita increase to the International approved at the 31st General Convention in July. The increase is slated to fund the ongoing organizing efforts of the International in the United States and Canada.

Where are they working?

Jeff Lindell and Brendan Hyland doing a mod at Sach’s 5th Avenue Beachwood for Kone,

Jeff Ward and Nick Meyer doing a jack at Parkview Commons for Thyssen,

Mike Miller and Lucas Janke re-belting at Cleveland Clinic for Otis,

John Patton doing retrofit work at 1107 Prospect for Kone,

Tom Gombar and Matt Hausler doing door operator upgrades at Rockside Park Towers for Kone,

Joe Broz Jr. and Kevin Driscoll at Bingham Building doing machine work for Thyssen,

Pat McCann and Chris Scholle doing a mod at Bishop Park Apartments for Thyssen,

Tim Moore and Matt Carlton installing and elevator at Hampton Inn for Schindler,

Jim Ehrbar and Rob Zadravec doing a mod at 645 Prospect for Thyssen,

Heath Kramer and Todd Ross doing service work at Severance for Kone,

Greg Seaman and Cory Ptak doing mod work at Richmond Park Apartments for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Ryan Harger doing a mod at Home 2 Suites for Schindler,

Dave Gnagy and Brian Siether installing an elevator at Home Suites Hotel for Schindler,

Jeff Ford and Jean LaFontaine replacing drives at Progressive offices for Kone,

Kevin Thomas an Ed Gimmel at Parma International School installing an elevator for Thyssen,

Anthony Metcalf and Ken Eaton doing a mod at Coppertree Apartments for Thyssen.
The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of retired Brother Pete Nuncio who passed away September 28th.

As of this writing there are three apprentices and one mechanic on the bench.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net