April ’18 Labor Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

IUEC Local 17 will offer the opportunity to become an apprentice starting July 16, 2018. For more information and how to apply go to the National Elevator Industry Educational Program website, neiep.org, click on “Careers” and cursor to the lower left “Upcoming Recruitments.” All those applying to the apprenticeship program must meet all the time frames specified in order to be considered for placement on the Local 17 list. Good luck to all seeking to become part of the best local in the best trade in the trades.

In a letter sent to local signatories, Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. reminded them that when buildings require identification for entry, it is the company’s job to supply a photo ID that does not contain any personal information. If you have a situation where a building requires more, contact your supervisor and John at the hall at 216-431-8088.

If you change jobs, start a 4/10 job or the company wants to bump you up from Assistant Mechanic to Mechanic, call the hall. If you are working a 4/10 job and it starts out as a Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday the company cannot randomly change you between the two. If a situation arises and you have a question, please call John.

Schindler Elevator is doing safety walks on employees working overtime. If you are working an after hours job, safety does not stop after eight hours, it keeps going. Be as cognizant of safety on overtime as you would on straight time. We lose too many brothers and sisters as a result of overtime fatalities. Do not become a statistic.

In November of 2017, Brother Gordon Lenhart of Local 31 (Houston, TX) passed away from a heart attack on his way to the hospital after being instructed by his supervisor to go to the emergency room. The IUEC General Executive Board decided that his family would receive the death benefit since it was clear he would have died on the job had he not left to seek medical attention.

The Annual IUEC Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner will be held Friday, May 18th at Harry’s Steak House, 5664 Brecksville Road, Independence. As always retired brothers and sisters are free and active members pay $35 at the door. This is always a well attended event and it is even more important that you reserve your spot as soon as possible.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Brother John Larsen who passed away February 11 and retired Brother Ralph Butler who passed away February 15th.

As of this writing there is one mechanic and two apprentices on the bench.