March ’18 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

IUEC Local 17 will be offering a recruitment in July to any and all persons interested in becoming an elevator constructor. Applications will be taken through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) website at Click on “Careers” and cursor to the bottom of the page to view all opportunities available to enter the best trade in the trades.

To all existing apprentices, some have fallen behind in turning in their OJT forms. This will result in an appearance in front of the JATC for which you will lose time on the job and possibly have to face a boss from your company to explain why you are late. Please be sure the time is properly filled out and signed by your superintendent.

John Taylor will be teaching the motor alignment class but, is not scheduled to take the Training The Trainer class until September or October. The class will most likely be held the first or second week of November.

NEIEP is currently trying to establish a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College to recognize our apprenticeship program. This means that successful completion of the NEIEP program will give those interested in pursuing an Associates Degree with Tri-C a leg up over those entering the college with no formal training. Stay tunes for updates.

Those working for Otis who submit their JHAs and pre-job checklists electronically by a tablet my sign off as long as all company safety policies are followed. Also, you do not have to sign a form for a background check to work at an AT&T facility. AT&T can only do a criminal background check and not a credit check. Otis will only be given a pass/fail by AT&T about your results.

If you have been contacted by Peak Elevator out of Colorado about a franchise opportunity, please contact the Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. at 216-431-8088. Peak is a non-signatory company operating out of Arvada, Colorado servicing Colorado and Wyoming. Organizer Randy Storr would like to talk to anyone that has been contacted by this company to aid in organizing efforts.

To those in the other trades reading this article, the Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 would like to extend their hand to those looking to organize their non-signatory brethren. First, please send a list of signatory companies and Local contact information to That information will be made available on for all to reference on the job. The Business Manager for that particular trade can use those phone calls for organizing purposes.

The sooner we hear from the trades the sooner we can all work together to better the lot of our non-signatory Brothers and Sisters.

A list of signatories for IUEC Local 17 can be found at the bottom of this article as well as on our website.

DO NOT FORGET! IUEC Local 17 will be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! This is a family oriented event and those with children are welcome to bring them for what will be a special memory. Once again, a big thank you to Thyssen Krupp who is supplying the truck for the Local. The parade kicks off at noon and we will be gathering near the Plain Dealer building at 18th and Superior.

The members of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Brothers Jerry and Tom Rietz whose brother unexpectedly passed away January 23.

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


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