May ’17 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:
NEIEP has a new online course on confined space awareness, The course is built on scenarios that describe relevant information to create awareness on how to work safely in and around confined spaces. You can check out this course and other online offerings at neiep.org in the Student Gateway.

If you took the welding class held at Lincoln Electric Business Manager Tim Moennich has your results. You can contact Tim at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

Congratulations to Brother Lucas Jenke who is the first apprentice to take and pass the Mechanics Exam administered at Prometrics. He passed the test on March 30th.

A large congratulations goes out to the IUEC Labor Committee on the successful completion of the negotiations of the new Standard agreement set to go into effect July 8. On Friday, March 31 the contract was ratified by a vote of 277 to 2. As previously reported, the only change to the contract is the Assistant Mechanic reporting requirements when starting a job. There is also a percentage increase for each year of the contract versus the dollar amount given in previous contracts.

At the April meeting, International Organizer Jim Lowery spoke about the IUEC organizing efforts over the last year and how President Trump’s company stiffed an electrical contractor for $2 million.

Lowery talked about the Union City Daily newspaper report that an IBEW contractor was working at the new Trump International Hotel in DC and had not been paid for their work. “This is not a large company we are talking about that put out a significant amount of money and hasn’t been paid.” This is the former US Post Office the Trump Organization leased from the federal government and turned into a luxury hotel. This is also the same property where the President was under scrutiny for a potential conflict of interest.

Lowery then ticked off a list of successful campaigns and stripped employees, including a contractor doing work at VA hospitals around the country. When talking about other efforts, particularly within the federal government he said “there are several smaller companies that come in from out of town to do government work and then leave a mess behind them for our signatories to clean up.” The efforts to organize these companies continues.

When he turned his attention to Gable, he noted that the Cleveland market share for Local 17 jumped from about 86% to the “high 90 percent” range in commercial work and we are now the third largest organized market for home lifts in the International. Jim noted that Rick Gable has been working with the International to capture the home lift market, a sector on which the organizers have been told to place special emphasis. “There are several companies operating in the area that we would like to see come into the fold.”

Lowery was also on the IUEC Labor Committee that just completed ratification of the new contract with NEBA and the ECA.

Also at the April meeting Brother John Driscoll Jr., reported on the North American Building Trades legislative conference in Washington DC attended by him and Business Manager Tim Moennich. While the conference itself was informative and the two had many opportunities to talk with local legislators the highlight was the address given by President Trump. “The group was, except for one small protest during the speech, respectful of his position as President. He never once talked about Right-to-Work-for-less, Davis-Bacon, prevailing wage or any issues that we were interested in.”
As of this writing there are three mechanics and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.
Don
DKnapik@windstream.net