April ’21 Business Manager’s Report


April 28 is Workers Memorial Day and The National Day of Mourning.  The international has put together a series of videos along with a message from IUEC General President Frank Christensen.

As reported last month, there was a joint safety committee meeting held via zoom with the International, Local and company supervisors.  There was a moment of silence for the most recent on-the-job fatalities.  IUEC Safety Director Mike Langer went over the accidents and explained the causes determined from the investigations. The video of the Memorial Wall was shown as well as a roundtable discussion of close-call reporting.  All went well and another is being scheduled for June.

There was an on-the-job fatality in Local 1 (NYC) from a medical condition.


Congratulations to Rob Timko, Brian Seither and Cory Ptak for passing the Mechanics Exam.  There are four other eligible apprentices waiting to take the test.

With five weeks of school left, all units need to be completed by Friday, May 14 to be eligible for the finals which begin Monday, May 17.  Please be sure your computer is working properly and you have a strong internet connection prior to starting your final.

Our Area Coordinator has informed Local 17 that he has to hold recruitments for locals whose lists are the oldest first.  This means pushing Local 17’s recruitment out possibly another year.  

NEIEP has not officially announced we will have in-person classes for the fall, although it is looking more likely as time goes on.

If everyone passes their current classes, there will be 18 apprentices in the NEIEP program in the fall.


Work Preservation is putting together a case against non-signatory Oracle Elevator as an irresponsible contractor.  At the Miami Airport several escalators were found with safety devices physically jumped out.  WE have been fortunate the Oracle has not been into the Cleveland market yet but they do have a presence in Columbus (Local 37).  Columbus was able to provide a list of jobs Oracle lost.

There was a hearing on Proponent Testimony on HB 107, the elevator licensing bill.  Tim Moennich of Work Preservation along with Local 11 (Cincinnati) Business Manager Jim Mill are and Gable CEO Phil Issac testified at the hearing.  State Senator Brian Baldridge, the main sponsor, provided his testimony in writing to the committee.  There have also been a couple of ZOOM meetings with other BA’s involved to discuss changes needed for ratification.

An email was sent out to members explaining the American Rescue Plan signed by President Biden and the relief for multi-employer pension plans included in the law.


DJ Spring and Devan Shields doing a mod at Carnegie Towers for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Eastland Heights installing a car for Otis,

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

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Fairview Village Apartments doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Ken Bowles are working in Akron on AMHA mod jobs for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsy, Pat Kelly and two Akron apprentices in Lordstown installing a freight for Otis,

Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser, Ernie Rodriguez, Joel Reyes, Chris Boggess and four Houston mechanics installing 14 cars at Metro General Hospital for Schindler,

Gary Thompson, Dan Varga, Rob Timko and Andy Mesko doing a mod at Erieview for Schindler,

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

Matt Carlton and Dave Gnagy doing a three-car mod at CSU for Schindler,

Pat McCann and rich Supinski doing a door mod at UH main campus for Schindler,

Matt Wiegart, Lucas Janke, Shawn Yatsko and Brandon Light at Skylight Office Tower doing a mod for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Lem Hurd doing a mod at Euclid Hill Villa for Schindler,

Ryan Todd and Brian Seither doing a four-car mod at Winton Place for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Jay Schafer at Brooks Bio installing one car for Schindler,

Don Yoho and Andrea Rodriguez installing one car at Larchmere Apartments for Schindler,

Drew Williams and Russell Barrows at Richmond Park doing a mod for Kone,

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong installing one car at Cedar Road Parking Garage for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at CMHA Stokes for Thyssen,

Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at CMHA Wilson Towers for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford at Baldwin House in Berea doing a two-car mod for Thyssen,

Jason Frederick and Chris Sipos doing a mod at Orangewood Place for Thyssen,

Chris Scholle and Brian Owens installing one car at Fribley Hall at Case for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Sebastian Ricco working in Indiana for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Kyle Meyer tearing out and installing four cars at K&L Buildings by NASA for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mad at Cityview Nursing for Gable.


Retiree Tom Carey passed away.

There has been a run of Covid and Covid-related infections and quarantines.  We have eight members affected


Three mechanics


None at this time


Emails will be going out regarding the May meeting status.  We expect to be back to normal.

John will be out of town from April 14 through April 22 and will respond to emails, text messages or voicemails as soon as able.

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