February ’20 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

There is a lot going on, so lets get to it…

Brother Mike Miller is a member of Otis’ Local 17 Field Associate Safety Team (FAST), a committee of field members who discuss safety concerns.  Miller recently attended the first national FAST Council meeting in Atlanta with field employees from across the country, Otis managers and Mike Langer from the IUEC safety Committee.  The group discussed near-miss situations, considered a system to track hazards and resolution of those hazards.

By now apprentices will have their spring class assignments and should be ready to settle into their studies.  For those who are closing in on their Mechanics Exam, it is never too soon to start preparing for the test.  One piece of advice is to begin with the RC class you found the most challenging, go over the material until you feel comfortable and then move on through the curriculum.  Ask questions about the material, seek out the answers and think about how it applies to the work you and your coworkers do every day.  This will help cement the concepts in your mind and make applying them to your work and the exam easier.

Local 17 held its annual Children’s Christmas Party December 14th at the hall.  This is always a well attended event and this year was no exception.  There was a magician, music by a string trio and, of course, a visit from Santa.  For more photos of the event, go to the Local’s website, iueclocal17.org.

Where are they working?

DJ Spring, Deven Shields, Al Ward, Pat Kelly, Brandyn Alley and Joe Simcic installing three cars at the Lumen for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Tremont Animal Clinic installing one car for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Matt Dinko at The Carlyle in Lakewood doing a mod for Otis,

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Lutheran Hospital doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Andrea Rodriguez at Landmark Parking Garage doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Dave Gnagy and Matt Carlton at Kingspath doing a two-car mod for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Brian Owens doing a mod at Castlewood Apartments for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a mod at Erieview for Schindler,

Shawn Yatsko and Dan Varga at the Rose Building doing a mod for Schindler,

Mark Byram, Andy Mesko, Ryan Todd, Andrew Johnson, Matt Weingart and Aaron Reed at AECOM doing a 15-car mod for Schindler,

Cris DeJesus, Lucas Janke and a team from Texas doing the escalator mod at Progressive Field for Schindler,

Brian Bond and Brian Siether doing a three-car mod at The Commodore for Schindler,

Tom Peska and Jay Schaffer finishing the Medical Mutual job in Brooklyn for Schindler,

Drew Williams, Joel Reyes, Bob Meyer, James Hirz, Brendan Hyland and Russel Barrows at May Company doing a mod for Kone,

John Patton and Tim Moore doing escalator clean downs at Rocket Mortgage Field House for Kone,

John Goggin and Chris Cook changing a bearing at PNC for Schindler,

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong doing a mod at the Bowery Building in Akron for Kone,

Bill Dudas and Tony Kuhn doing a two-car mod at Parkside Towers for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Matt Harden doing  a mod at Enterprise Place for Thyssen,

Jason Fredrick and Chris Sipos doing a mod at Victoria Plaza for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Sean Canning installing a car at The Drury Hotel for Thyssen,

Chris Scholle and Mike Ross at CMSD West Side High School installing a car for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Tin Chaibai at Arial on Broadway doing a two-car mod for Gable and

Matt Hausler and Kyle Meyer doing a mod at Lakewood Center North for Gable.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Bill Lynsky whose mother passed away December 13.

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.



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