April ’17 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

Entertainment Chairman Bill Dudas is planning a walleye fishing charter on April 22nd for 35 interested members. The cost is $30 per person. If you are interested in attending this first of its kind event, contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

The Annual IUEC Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner will be held May 19th at Frank Sterle’s Country House, 1401 East 55th Street just south of St. Clair Avenue. Refreshments start at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 6:30 pm. The cost remains at $30 per person and will include a family style dinner. For more information contact Business Manager Tim Moennich no later than May 1st to secure your spot at this always well attended event.

There is a sign up sheet for classes in CPR and scaffolding. The CPR class is designed to give the participant an American Red Cross certificate. The scaffolding class is a Scaffold and Access Industry Association authorized program offered through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP). The successful completion of the class makes the student a competent person for the erection of frame scaffolding. The certification is good for three years and must be renewed after that time. For more information on this or any other offerings, contact Tim at the Hall.

On February 8, Brothers Joe Broz Jr, Bill Lynsky, John Patton and myself attended the Local 45 (Akron) meeting to watch 21 employees of Gable Elevator be sworn in as IUEC members. In addition, four Gable employees were sworn in to Local 37 (Columbus). Gable also hired six existing IUEC members, four from Akron and two from Cleveland, to deepen the talent pool and help shepherd the new members in the ways of the union.

Since its founding, Gable has been a major force in the home elevator and lift market in northern and eastern Ohio. They started by selling home lifts and elevators out of their family pharmacy and after some initial success formed the company to develop this underserved market. This region is now the third largest organized home lift market in the International.

The signing was the culmination of a three and a half year effort by Locals 17 and 45 to organize Gable into the IUEC family.

The effort was not always easy. Anything worth accomplishing is never easy. The effort was not always nice. Tempers flared, expectations waxed and waned. This happened because we are human and passionate about our goal. Through the entire effort our regional organizer Jim Lowery lent a steadying hand. He commented several times that this was an unusual campaign but, Cleveland is an unusual city!

I believe we were successful because our goal was to organize the entire company and raise it up, not tear it down. Ultimately, the lives of 25 men are better today than they were three and a half years ago.

And that is what it is all about.
Where are they working?

Mark Byram and Felix DeJesus doing a mod at Waterford Condominiums for Schindler,

Shawn Yatsko and Matt Herbold doing a one-car mod at Moreland Courts for Schindler,

John Brunner and Jason Tischler installing five cars at the Edison Building for Schindler,

Jason Costa and John Ondich working at 200 Public Square for Schindler,

Anthony Metcalf and Ken Eaton doing a mod at Coppertop for Thyssen,

Dave Francis installing a car for Gable,

Scott Daugherty doing a mod for Gable.

As of this writing there are five mechanics and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next month….

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

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