March ’23 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

Local 17 is once more participating in the Cleveland St.Patrick’s Day Parade.  The annual event is always a highlight of the Local’s calendar.  The parade kicks off at 1 pm from East 18th and Superior and goes along Superior to Pubic Square.  This is a family friendly event and members are encouraged to bring children, family and friends.

As part of the new contract, mechanics passing the Exam after July 9, 2022 must complete eight hours of Continuing Education credits through NEIEP every year in order to receive their January 1 raise.  Any mechanic taking the education will be paid eight hours through NEIEP after completion.  This includes any grandfathered mechanic.  The portal is on the NEIEP homepage,

After a multi-year effort across multiple legislative sessions, Ohio governor Mike DeWine signed the bill creating elevator licensing in the state January 2.  It is estimated that final establishment of the Elevator Safety Review Board will be in the late third or early fourth quarter of this year.  The nine-member Board is appointed by the Governor and will oversee the administration of fee and renewal schedules, continuing education requirements and license classifications.

This is an important step to putting the trade on par with other professionals like lawyers, doctors, nurses and other building trades already recognized by the state as vital to public safety.

Local 17 members will be able to pay second quarter dues by credit card through Unionly, a payment processor.  There will be a 4 percent surcharge on top of your dues payment to use the service.  Dues will still be payable through traditional methods.  Expect more information on the Locals website,, as the service rolls out.

Payroll still is an issue with the major companies.  12 Otis employees did not get their January 1 raise.  The issue was apparently resolved and the employees made whole.  

Business Manager John Driscoll Jr has advised members who do not receive their pay on time to contact him so each instance can be resolved in a timely and appropriate manner.  This has happened a few times over the past year and the member has been paid every time.  If you have any questions about your pay contact John at 216-431-8088 or email him at

Congratulations to Brothers Dave Ford, Pat Kelly, Todd Kemp and Ernie Rodriguez on being sworn it as the new Local Conductor, Vice-President, Entertainment Chairman and Warden respectively.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of retired Brother Carl Metzger and City of Cleveland inspector Andy Valek.

As of this writing there are three mechanics and one assistant mechanic on the bench.

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.


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