July ’21 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

On August 9th IUEC Local 17 will be holding the first apprentice class in its new classroom building at  5145 Engle Road in Brookpark.  NEIEP Area Coordinator Wally Wuelling will be attending for an orientation session with the instructors and apprentices to answer any questions about the program.  

Apprentices will be split between 100 and 300 and have the option of completing the Pipe and Wire Lab as well as the Hydraulic Controller Lab.  These labs are optional but encouraged.

Brothers Brandyn Alley, James Hirz, Deven Shields and Jason Tischler passed their last finals and are eligible for the mechanics exam.  Good luck to these Brothers as they come into the home stretch of the apprenticeship program.

The Elevator Licensing Bill (HB 107) has passed the Ohio House.  The measure passed the House with a 81-9 vote and was introduced in the Senate on June 28 where it awaits debate and a vote.  The Bill spells out licensing requirements for people working on elevators, escalators and other conveyances and puts the constructors on par with other trades and professions within the state.

Work is still strong in Cleveland as Schindler hired eight probationary apprentices in the last month.  They still hold the lion’s share of the market but work at the other companies is on the upswing.  

For those wishing to enter the elevator trade, IUEC Local 45 (Akron) is currently holding their apprentice recruitment.  The application process begins with a visit to the National Elevator Industry Educational Program’s website, neiep.org, and a click on the recruitment tab.  this will take the applicant to the page with all the information on registering for the process.  The Akron recruitment drive runs through July 23.

Local 17 is expecting to open the application process after the first of the year.  Watch this space and the Local’s website, iueclocal17.org for more information.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brother Kevin Driscoll on the passing of his father.

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