August ’20 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

IUEC Local 17 is moving its school from the Superior Avenue address to Engle Road between Brookpark and Snow. The move increases the space available for classes and labs as well as giving an option to comfortably hold multiple classes on the same night. A large thank you to all the members who gave the time to make the move a reality.

After the spring semester finals, there are 11 apprentices eligible for the mechanics exam. Congratulations to those 11 apprentices and good luck on your review and exam. The important takeaway is that even though this represents the end of your formal training, education in our trade is an ongoing affair. Take every advantage of those opportunities and you will see a long and prosperous career.

Apprentices advancing to their next pay level will have the new rates effective in the pay cycle after September 1. Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. sent a letter to the signatories listing their apprentices and the appropriate pay scale as of that date. Vacation checks were due July 15. If there was a problem with your check, or a question on your status, contact John at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at

The Memorandum of Understanding between the International and signatory companies represented by NEBA and ECA lapsed July 1. As a result, those that were furloughed are now on the out of work list.

While work remains strong in many areas, there is evidence that a slow down may be on the horizon. Otis asked for volunteers to go to Pittsburgh to work on a project for Amazon while Kone picked up an apprentice and probationary off the bench and Schindler Cleveland is booked with work through the fall of 2021. ThyssenKrupp corporate completed their sale of the elevator division to an equity group July 31.

The next meeting is scheduled for September 11. If the hall is not available, John will notify the membership through email.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brothers Walter and Brandyn Alley on the passing of their mother and grandmother respectively.
As of this writing there are four mechanics and two probationary apprentices on the bench.

Until next month…
Work safe, work smart and slow down for safety.

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