May ’20 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

As of this writing the State of Ohio is taking small steps to reopen but, the majority of businesses remain closed or open providing limited service.  Here are the major highlights that effect the IUEC and its members.

School has been effectively closed since March 10 and the rest of the semester will be completed on distance learning.  Moving forward, decisions on how finals and the fall semester will be conducted will be transmitted on appropriate channels.  

Apprentices are still required to enter their OJL hours in the NEIEP portal.  If you do not enter your hours you will be sent a letter to appear in front of the board.

Prometrics, the facility used by the IUEC to administer the Mechanics Exam, is closed through May 1 and possibly longer.  There are currently six Local 17 members waiting to take their exam through the service but will have to wait until the restrictions are lifted.

Those who are on furlough or layoff due to the pandemic should have a number to use when filing for unemployment.  This number identifies you as being unemployed due to COVID-19.  You also should not need a letter of good standing to receive your benefits but if you do contact Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. at 216-431-8088 or email him at

If you are in a layoff or furlough situation there are a multitude of options available for you to receive some sort of aid.  If you have to self-quarantine, the Benefits office offers a 14-day weekly benefit.  Your best option is to contact John and he can explain the different programs available

The Memorandum of Understanding between the IUEC and NEBA, the bargaining unit for the employers, is in force until May 31.  This means that those temporary provisions are still in place until the end of the month and may be extended if the situation requires.  

Since the building and construction trades are exempted from the shutdown orders, members have been working through the crisis.  General contractors are still required to maintain a safe work environment including minimizing the exposure to the virus.  The CBT was able to stop GCs from using a Fluke heat meter to take temperatures on the work site but they are still allowed to use a questionnaire to determine access.  

The March and April meetings were held in the office with a quorum of officers in attendance.  The May meeting may be a virtual call-in available through a platform such as Webex.  

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send condolences to the family of Honorary retiree Charlie Broscheid who passed away March 22.

As of this writing there are four mechanics on voluntary furlough, two mechanics on layoff and two probationary apprentices on furlough.

The officers of IUEC Local 17 are:  Business Manager:  John Driscoll, Jr., President:  John Patton, Vice President:  Fran Adams, Recording Secretary:  Joe Broz Jr., Financial Secretary:  Tim Narowitz, Treasurer:  Jason Fredrick, Executive Board:  Ken Bowles, Joe Broz Jr., Jason Fredrick, Tim Gibbons and Bill Lynsky, Trustees:  Tom Goggin, Matt Harden and Al Jerson, Entertainment Chairman:  Brian Chambers, Conductor:  Lucas Janke, Warden:  Steve Keating, Correspondent to the Labor Citizen and Elevator Constructor:  Don Knapik, Delegate to the CBT:  Bill Lynsky, Delegate to AFL-CIO:  John Patton, Local 17 Delegates to School Board:  Tom Goggin, Bill Lynsky and Jerry Reitz

IUEC Local 17 meets on the second Friday of every month except August at 6pm at the hall located at 3250 Euclid Avenue.  

The Executive Board meets two weeks before the regular meeting and the Trustees meet the Wednesday before the regular monthly meeting.

The signatories to IUEC Local 17 are Gable Elevator, Kone Elevator, Maximum Elevator, Otis Elevator,  Ross Elevator, Schindler Elevator and ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

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