February ’21 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

All apprentices currently enrolled in the NEEP program began their instruction in 800 and 200 on January 18. Classes are once again being offered online. Brothers Jerry Reitz and Tim Narowitz are available to help those taking the virtual classes.

If any apprentice has difficulties with accessing the material through the NEIEP website they can contact NEIEP at support@neiep.org or Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Seven Local 17 apprentices are eligible for the Mechanics Exam. Their window to take the exam is from February 8 through May 9.

Rick Myers will again be volunteering his time to assist apprentices with the review class. Along with Rick, Jerry and Tim who will be available for mentoring once the applicant enrolls in CE025. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of the guidance opportunities available for the exam.

The Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA) is allowing those currently holding scaffolding cards to renew them online. This does not apply to instructor renewals or new certifications. If you are in need of renewal, contact John at the hall for further information on how to apply.

IUEC Local 17 has multiple members quarantined due to COVID or COVID exposure over the last several months. The IUEC offers a 14-day quarantine income during the time a member is off. For more information go to iuec.org and search COVID resources for the links to the International offerings.

Work for the elevator constructors is currently strong with several major projects underway. There are currently four mechanics from Houston working on the MetroHealth project going up on the main campus as well as several members of Local 45 (Akron) in the jurisdiction.

There is a concern for a downturn in the trades as the initial ripple effects of the shutdowns across America reach to projects where funding would have been available and breaking ground in the coming year. This concern may not be unfounded as the initial effects of the 2008 meltdown hit the trades in 2010 but did not fully pass until the 2016 timeframe when pent-up demand drove our current work situation.

A wise approach heading forward is to monitor your personal financial situation and be ready to make adjustments as needed to weather any storm heading our way. NEIEP offers a personal financial planning continuing educational class through its website, neiep.org. Login with your ID and search out the continuing education courses to signup.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 extend their condolences to the family of retired Brother Bob Hess Sr. who passed away December 16.

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net