November ’18 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

Since we last talked the IUEC lost another Brother to an on the job accident.  On October 24, 2018 in Local 93 (Nashville) Brother Daniel Jones, a 26 year old apprentice working for Nashville Machine Elevator Co., lost his life. No further details are available at this time. 

This marks the second time in as many months the IUEC lost a Brother in the field.  Another time all the proper prayers will be said.  Another time condolences will be passed along and another time a husband, father, son and Brother will not come home from work. No matter who you are reading this.  No matter what trade you practice.  No matter what it takes to go home every night… 

I don’t want to write your obituary.

SLOW DOWN FOR SAFETY. 

Starting this school year, all apprentices will be required to complete Practical Exams which count toward points on the Mechanics Exam.  The purpose of the Practical is to demonstrate proficiency in specific skills required in the field.  NEIEP has chosen which skills in the particular courses it wants to test, how it will test those skills and to what set of standards those skills will be scored.  

Currently RC 500 will be required to complete this exam before the end of the year.  An exam for RC 700 is close to complete and is planned to be rolled out before June.  Eventually seven of the eight courses will have Practical Exams attached to them.  More information will be given as the time nears for administering the exams.

Jerry Reitz and John Taylor went to the motor alignment class and are expecting to start the first session on Tuesday, November 13th.  This is a three-night class to teach the fundamentals of motor alignment.  Based on demand there will be more classes after the holidays.  If you have not signed up please contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org. 

On December 15 IUEC Local 17 will hold its annual Children’s Christmas Party at the hall Located at 3250 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.  This is always a well attended event with food entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus for the children.  The event starts at 1 pm.

The meetings held on December 14, 2018 and January 11, 2019 are Special Called Mandatory Meetings for the election and installation of officers. There is a $20 fine for non-attendance.  If you have any questions, contact John.

Carrissa Berret of the Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund did a presentation on September 27th for IUEC Locals 17 and 45 (Akron) signatory companies on money available through the Fund to offset the difference between their prices and those charged by non-signatory companies.  There was also information available on money available for residential work, an area being heavily pushed by the International.  Kone, Schindler, Thyssen, Gable and another Akron-based independent sent sales people to the event.  

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