April ’17 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

Congratulations to the International Union of Elevator Constructors on the successful completion of the negotiations of the new Standard Agreement. The IUEC Labor Committee just concluded negotiations with the National Elevator Bargaining Association (NEBA) and the Elevator Contractors of America (ECA) on a new five-year contract. The contract gives significant increases in pay and benefits for its term and has no significant concessions. The most important changes to the Standard Agreement are the Assistant Mechanic reporting requirements, the addition of paid time off (PTO), and a shelf life of 24 months for all Article XXII warning letters. There was also a minor agreement on modernization jobs being able to work four ten-hour days Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday.

At the bottom of this article you will find a list of signatory companies working in the northern Ohio. While the signing of Gable Elevator in February closed a three year and a half year campaign, there are still several companies operating in the area that Locals 17 and 45 would like to bring into the fold. If you see a company you do not recognize from the list working on one of your jobs or in your area, please contact IUEC Local 17 Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or Akron IUEC Local 45 Business Manager Dave Morrow, Jr at 330-620-9259 to report their location and, if known, what kind of work they are doing.

If you are an apprentice in Local 17 make sure your OJT forms are up to date. There are several apprentices whose forms are not current and are flirting with a date with the JATC. This is not a date you will want to make. Get your forms signed and turned in as soon as possible.

There are still spots available for the scaffolding class as well as the CPR/First Aid class. If you are interested in either offering contact Tim at the hall or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

If you are working as a contractor at a Cleveland Clinic facility and are required to take an infection control risk assessment, complete an online badging and get a flu shot to work at a facility, be sure you are getting paid for your time. A letter was sent by the Cleveland Building Trades to the contractor associations in Cleveland about this requirement because of a concern that some contractors may not be paying employees for their compliance time. If this applies to you and you feel there is a problem, contact Tim at the hall.

Entertainment Chairman Bill Dudas is planning a walleye fishing charter for April 22nd. The charter costs $30 per person and is currently limited to the first 35 people who sign up. For more information or to sign up for this first time event you can call Tim at the hall.

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 the hall no later than May 1st to secure your spot at this always well attended event.

If anyone is into trap shooting, the IUEC will be hosting the Union Sportsman’s Alliance 7th Annual Baltimore Area Trap Shoot. The event will be held Saturday, August 5th at the Carney Rod and Gun Club in Carney, Maryland. For more information go to unionsportsmen.org.

A large IUEC Local 17 tip of the hat to Joe Broz, Jr., his wife Meg and her sister Christine for their efforts in organizing this years entry into the 2017 Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A huge thank you also goes out to ThyssenKrupp Elevator in allowing the Local to use their brand new truck and borrow their truck driver, Tony, for the day. The IUEC participation in the parade is one event that the whole local, not just those of Irish decent, look forward too all year. For photo coverage of Local 17’s participation, please visit iueclocal17.org and cursor down or click on Galleries.

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