January ’20 Labor-Citizen

Brother and Sisters:

 Earlier this year, Brother Kenny Jung suffered a stroke while at work.  In November, the Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 stepped up and held a benefit for his family at Pipefitters 120 hall in Valley View.  Following is the letter written by Kenny’s wife on behalf of the family:

To Elevator Constructors Local 17,

I would like to thank the Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 for the Night at The Races benefit put on for Kenny (Jung).  We feel so grateful and honored for the efforts of all the Brothers and Sisters especially those of Brothers John Driscoll, Jr., Bill Lynsky, Joe Broz, Mike Moennich, John Patton, Jason Frederick, all the event volunteers, the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades and all the patrons that purchased advertisements.

We were very moved by all the support of family and friends and will be forever grateful for the fellowship and support.  Everyday Kenny is feeling stronger and that he is headed in the right direction toward full recovery.

The Kenny Jung Family

Spring semester starts the last week of January and by now all apprentices should have their class assignments.  There will be a mandatory meeting of all the apprentices on Wednesday, January 29th with Area Coordinator Ed Christensen, Jr to introduce himself and answer any questions about the program.

John Taylor will be teaching an AC motor and motor starter class.  The classes will be limited to eight students at a time.  John is willing to do more classes depending on level of interest.  This is a four week class and will begin sometime at the end of the month.  If you are interested in signing up contact Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. at the hall 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

The Ohio Elevator Licensing bill is once again making its way though the statehouse in Columbus.  Elevator Industry Work Preservation representatives Kevin Sullivan and Tim Moennich, Business Managers John Driscoll, Jr and Jim Miller (Cincinnati), former Ohio chief elevator inspector Norm Martin, Phil Issac of Gable Elevator, Inc. and the fire chief of Columbus all testified in favor of the measure.  The bill must pass out of committee and then be taken up by the full house and then senate prior to being available for Governor DeWine’s signature.  The bill stalled in the house last session due to not coming out of committee in time for a floor vote.

Davis-Newcomer Elevator Company, a Findlay-based non-signatory elevator company, was awarded the contract to do the modernization on two units at LMHA Lakeview in Lorain.  Davis won out over Schindler Elevator in a second round of bidding.  The Volunteer Organizing Committee will be looking at potential actions to stem this threat to our jurisdiction.

The members of the Cleveland Building Trades have been instrumental in calling the IUEC Local 17 hall whenever they see potential non-signatory companies on a job.  The list of IUEC signatory companies is at the end of this article.  If you see another company on a job then contact John at the hall at the above number.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Bill Lynsky on the loss of his mother.

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

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net