May ’21 Labor-Citizen

IUEC Local 17 article for May Labor Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

April 28 was Workers Memorial Day and The National Day of Mourning.  The International, in cooperation with many of its signatory companies, put together a series of videos along with a message from IUEC General President Frank Christensen aimed at driving home the continued need for on-the-job safety.  The presentation was available on a link presented through he IUEC website and many signatories employee communication channels.

All IUEC Locals have been instructed to form safety committees comprising local members and company representatives to discuss  safety-related issues.  This is being driven by the International’s continued emphasis on member safety.  International Safety Director Mike Langer met via ZOOM with the IUEC Local 17 Safety Committee to explain its purpose and the results of investigations on recent accidents.  A follow-up meeting is being scheduled for June.

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.

All apprentice class work must be completed by Friday, May 14 to be eligible for the finals which begin Monday, May 17.  Be sure your computer is working properly and you have a strong internet connection prior to starting your final.  If everyone passes their current classes, there will be 18 apprentices in the NEIEP program in the fall.

Area Coordinator Wally Wuelling told 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.

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

If anyone hears of an elevator company not listed at the end of this article working in the area please call Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at 216-431-8088.

Tim Moennich of Work Preservation along with Local 11 (Cincinnati) Business Manager Jim Mill and Gable CEO Phil Issac testified in favor of HB 107, the elevator licensing bill, at a hearing in Columbus.  If the bill passes committee and goes on to the House and Senate for passage, the hope is to have it on Governor DeWine’s desk before the end of the legislative session.

Emails will be going out soon regarding the May meeting status. 

There has been a run of Covid and Covid-related infections and quarantines.  As of this writing we have eight members affected

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of retired Brother Tom Carey who passed away.

As of this writing there are three mechanics on the bench

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