July ’18 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

In the last three months (April, May and June) the IUEC has experienced three on the job fatalities. One mechanic was crushed by a hydraulic elevator, another was electrocuted while working in the overhead on a new installation and at this time there is no information on the third. Ours is a dangerous trade and those that make it to retirement will recount some close calls they had along the way. I’ve had a few close calls and a front row seat to more than my share of potential catastrophes. What I have learned is to be cautious around new equipment, especially that which I am unfamiliar, stop and evaluate the situation and do not be afraid to take your time when doing something new.

There is a good reason why our retired brothers and sisters became retired brothers and sisters. Some of it has to do with luck, some with self preservation and the balance to risk minimization for themselves and those around them. I have three mechanics I have worked with over the course of my career retire since April. All have taught me something about doing the job right and doing it safe. I hope to join them in retirement in ten years eleven months and 26 more days. Not that I’m counting.

For those looking to apply as an apprentice to the best trade in the trades, IUEC Local 17 will be accepting applications starting midnight July 16th. To apply, go to the National Elevator Industry Educational Program website, neiep.org, click on “About” and then “Careers” and then the link for Local 17. In order to be placed on the list you must meet all the deadlines in the application process. Good luck!

For those already in the apprenticeship program, turn in your OJT forms.

There is still room available in the motor alignment class being taught by John Taylor this November. It is a 12 hour class covering all aspects of this very important skill. If you are interested in this or any other continuing education, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr., the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

The International is in the process of developing a new membership database that will allow it and the Local unions to manage all member information. Local 17 is starting to look at new computers that will be able to work with their system. Please take a few minutes to update your contact information with John.

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing will be August 6th at Pine Brook Golf Course, 11043 Durkee Rd., Grafton. The cost this year is $100 for golf, cart, food and prizes. If you have not already paid then get your money into Entertainment Chairman Mike Moennich or John at the hall ASAP.

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