January ’20 Labor-Citizen

Brother and Sisters:

 Earlier this year, Brother Kenny Jung suffered a stroke while at work.  In November, the Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 stepped up and held a benefit for his family at Pipefitters 120 hall in Valley View.  Following is the letter written by Kenny’s wife on behalf of the family:

To Elevator Constructors Local 17,

I would like to thank the Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 for the Night at The Races benefit put on for Kenny (Jung).  We feel so grateful and honored for the efforts of all the Brothers and Sisters especially those of Brothers John Driscoll, Jr., Bill Lynsky, Joe Broz, Mike Moennich, John Patton, Jason Frederick, all the event volunteers, the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades and all the patrons that purchased advertisements.

We were very moved by all the support of family and friends and will be forever grateful for the fellowship and support.  Everyday Kenny is feeling stronger and that he is headed in the right direction toward full recovery.

The Kenny Jung Family

Spring semester starts the last week of January and by now all apprentices should have their class assignments.  There will be a mandatory meeting of all the apprentices on Wednesday, January 29th with Area Coordinator Ed Christensen, Jr to introduce himself and answer any questions about the program.

John Taylor will be teaching an AC motor and motor starter class.  The classes will be limited to eight students at a time.  John is willing to do more classes depending on level of interest.  This is a four week class and will begin sometime at the end of the month.  If you are interested in signing up contact Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. at the hall 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

The Ohio Elevator Licensing bill is once again making its way though the statehouse in Columbus.  Elevator Industry Work Preservation representatives Kevin Sullivan and Tim Moennich, Business Managers John Driscoll, Jr and Jim Miller (Cincinnati), former Ohio chief elevator inspector Norm Martin, Phil Issac of Gable Elevator, Inc. and the fire chief of Columbus all testified in favor of the measure.  The bill must pass out of committee and then be taken up by the full house and then senate prior to being available for Governor DeWine’s signature.  The bill stalled in the house last session due to not coming out of committee in time for a floor vote.

Davis-Newcomer Elevator Company, a Findlay-based non-signatory elevator company, was awarded the contract to do the modernization on two units at LMHA Lakeview in Lorain.  Davis won out over Schindler Elevator in a second round of bidding.  The Volunteer Organizing Committee will be looking at potential actions to stem this threat to our jurisdiction.

The members of the Cleveland Building Trades have been instrumental in calling the IUEC Local 17 hall whenever they see potential non-signatory companies on a job.  The list of IUEC signatory companies is at the end of this article.  If you see another company on a job then contact John at the hall at the above number.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Bill Lynsky on the loss of his mother.

As of this writing there is one mechanic on the bench.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

January ’20 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

I hope this article finds all of our members and their family safe, healthy and together.  We in the IUEC have much to be grateful for and also much to do in 2020.

Points of commonality are hard to come by today.  I don’t need to elaborate, all we need to do is watch our news feed.  I cannot control what happens to me from outside forces but, I can choose how I respond to those events.  I am personally grateful for and continually humbled by the Brothers and Sisters of the IUEC.  The love and concern they show for families in need gives me hope we can find a common reference to unite with those outside and within our union family.

The new year gives us all a chance to look back, reflect and then using the thread of the events from the past, plot a positive future we can reflect on next January 1.  No matter what events have shaped your 2019, use them to create a better 2020 for you and those you love.

Where are they working?

DJ Spring, Deven Shields, Al Ward, Pat Kelly and Joe Simcic installing three cars at the Lumen for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Tremont Animal Clinic installing one car for Otis,

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

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Lutheran Hospital doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Andrea Rodriguez at Landmark Office Tower Parking Garage doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Jerry Szmerkovsky, John Smith, Dan Tinner, Jack Finucan, Ken Bowles and Shane Huff at Chestnut Lakes Apartments doing mods for Otis,

Dave Gnagy and Matt Carlton at 1240 Huron doing a mod for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Brian Bond doing a mod at Castlewood Apartments doing a mod for Schindler,

Shaun Yatsko and Dan Varga at the Rose Building doing a two-car mod for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Brian Siether doing a mod at Mercy Hospital for Schindler,

Mark Byram, Andy Metsko, Ryan Todd, Andrew Johnson, Matt Wienare and Aaron Reed at Penton Media doing a 15 car mod for Schindler,

Tom Peska, Jay Schaffer and a team from New York doing escalator replacement at Progressive Field for Schindler,

Drew Williams, Joel Reyes, Ric Supinski, James Hirz, Brendan Hyland and Russel Barrows at May Company doing a mod for Kone,

Bob Meyer and Jon McCuan doing a mod at Fenway Manor for Kone,

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong doing a mod at the Bowery Building in Akron for Kone,

Bill Dudas and Tony Kuhn doing a two-car mod at The Archer for Thyssen,

Anthony Metcalf and Chris Sipos doing a mod at Euclid Beach Apartments for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Matt Harden doing a mod at Enterprise Place for Thyssen,

Jason Fredricks and Micheal Ross doing a mod at Victoria Plaza for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Sean Canning installing one car at Drury Hotel for Thyssen,

Chris Scholle and Bethany Wilson at CMSD Westside High School installing one car for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Tin Chaibai at Arial on Broadway doing a two-car mod for Gable,

Matt Hausler and Kyle Meyer doing a mod at Lakewood Center North for Gable.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send condolences to the family of Brother Don Knapik whose son Jon passed away November 1.

As of this writing there is one mechanic and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

Out With The Old, In With The New…

There is an old saying in the elevator trade:  “when they mod a job you installed it’s time to retire.”  Well, below are photos of the escalators on the west end of the home of the Cleveland Indians, Jacob’s Field, now called Progressive Field being installed in 1993 and the east escalators being removed in 2019.

Obviously, many safety practices and waist lines have changed since then but, it’s always great to see a little piece of Cleveland history.

Enjoy.

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December ’19 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

By now all apprentices should be submitting their OJT hours electronically through the Student Portal on the NEIEP website.  This process eliminates the need for paper tickets but not the responsibility to submit hours in a timely manner.

Brothers Tim Narowitz and Don Knapik administered the RC500 Practical Exam on December 2nd and 3rd to the 10 apprentices in the class.  It may take time for the results to be posted, so patience is asked of all those participating in this first round of testing for the Mechanics Exam.

American Income Life Insurance will be sending a mailer to all members of IUEC Local 17.  If you are looking for insurance products for yourself or your family, then send in the reply card to AIL and a representative will contact you to set up an appointment to assess your needs.  There already exists a policy through AIL and the Local in the case of accidental death and dismemberment that is separate from this solicitation.

IUEC Local 4 (Boston) had a job site fatality while a team was performing a safety test.  According to the best information available, the team was not using radio or phone communication but was yelling down the hatch.  The car was turned back to normal before the man in the pit was able to exit and he was subsequently caught on the put ladder.  As a result of this death, Otis is going back to two-way radios across the country.

If you have been working as a temporary mechanic, check your paystubs to confirm you have been properly compensated for the Veteran’s Day holiday at mechanics rate instead of apprentices rate.  If there is an issue contact Business Manger John Driscoll, Jr. at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

To those members who find themselves or a family member is crisis, The IUEC offers a free service through Beacon Health Options called the Member Assistance Program.  This program is run through the National Elevator Industry Benefits Plan and administered by Beacon Health Options.  A variety of services are offered from smoking cessation, financial services consultation as well as mental health and crisis intervention.  For more information, there is a link through the Health and Wellness page of the IUEC Local 17 website, iueclocal17.org.  Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the services offered.  There are no cookies or trackers on the Local 17 site.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send condolences to the family of Brother Donald Knapik whose son Jon passed away November 1.

As of this writing there is one mechanic and one apprentice on the bench. 

December ’19 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

I want to start off this article with a big thank you to the general officers of the International and Assistant General President Jim Bender in particular for dedicating the October issue of the Constructor to ending the stigma associated with mental health issues.  It is a tough and very personal subject to discuss but, starting the conversation is the hard part.  Now it is incumbent upon all of us to keep it going.  

The International website, iuec.org, and Local 17 site, iueclocal17.org, have resources available for those in crisis or just looking for additional information.

The December and January meeting are mandatory for the election and installation of officers.  Fines will be levied for non-attendance.

Brothers Bill Lynsky, John Patton and Mike Moennich along with Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. attended the International’s Member Memorial dedication ceremony at IUEC headquarters in Columbia, Maryland.  Local 17 has six members memorialized:  John Babuscak, Kenneth Beechuk, Joseph Bonacci, Dennis McGunagle, Jim Sinclair and Clarence Sweeney.  Additional photos can be seen at iueclocal17.org.

The Local 17 Annual Children’s Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1 pm at the hall located at 3250 Euclid Ave.  Children up to and including 12 years old will receive gifts.  Beverages will be provided and members are asked to bring baked goods.  Please submit your form to the hall no later than December 1.

Where are they working?

John Goggin and Brian Chambers cabeling at UH for Schindler,

Brian Owens and Josh Mitchell at Spang Bakery installing two cars for Gable,

Jason Fredrick and Chris Sipos at Victoria Plaza in North Olmsted doing a mod for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Matt Harden at Enterprise Place in Beachwood doing a mod for Thyssen,

Anthony Metcalf and Mike Ross at Euclid Bach Apartments doing a mod for Thyssen,

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong at the Bowery Building in Akron doing a mod for Kone,

Bob Meyer and Jon McCuan at Fenway Manor doing a mod for Kone,

Drew Williams, Joel Reyes, Brendan Hyland, Russell Barrows, Ric Supinski and James Hirz at the May Company Building doing a mod for Kone,

Dave Gnagy and Matt Carlton at 1240 Huron doing a mod for Schindler,

Tom Peska and Jay Schaffer at Progressive Field doing an escalator mod for Schindler,

Sean Yatsko and Dan Varga at the Rose Building doing a mod for Schindler,

Ryan Todd, Gary Thompson, Mark Byram, Andrew Johnson, Matt Weingart and Aaron Reed at Penton Media doing a mod for Schindler,

Cris DeJesus and Dave Ford at Vitalia in Akron installing two cars for Schindler,

DJ Spring, Al Ward, Pat Kelly, Joe Simcic, Brandyn Alley and Devon Shields at The Lumen installing three cars for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Andrea Rodriguez at Landmark Office Tower doing a mod for Otis,

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Lutheran Hospital doing a mod for Otis,

Ken Bowles, Shane Huff, Dan Tinner, Jack Finucan, Jerry Szmerekovsky and John Smith at Chestnut Lake doing a mod for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Parkview School installing a hydro for Otis and,

Jim Thompson and Matt Dinko at The Carlyle doing a mod for Otis.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of former Local 17 president and retiree Lenny Kessler who passed away October 9.

As of this writing there is one mechanic and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next moth…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

November ’19 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

The October issue of the Elevator Constructor had the combined efforts of the IUEC International General Officers dedicating the issue to the subject of suicide prevention and mental health.  The issue highlighted signs of depression in children and adults as well as resources available to those in crisis.  

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in four people worldwide will be effected either directly or indirectly by someone with a psychiatric condition at some point in their life.  This includes those that are clinically diagnosed and those who keep their crisis private.  In the IUEC, this translates to 7500 members and multiplies out with their family and extended family are added in.  A recent discussion on WCPN Sound of Ideas cited that on average 135 people are affected by an individual suicide.

To assist those in crisis, the International put together a series of resources available to members and their families which can be accessed through the International website iuec.org.  Local 17 has joined the effort with its Health and Wellness page at iueclocal17.org.  These are free resources available to members, their families and the general public.  Please take a few minutes to visit either site and familiarize yourself with the offerings.  Both sites do not use trackers of any type.  All visitors are anonymous.

The November 8, December 13 and January 10 meetings are mandatory meetings for the nomination, election and installation of officers.  Fines will be levied in accordance with Local 17 By-Laws for non-attendance.

There will be a fundraiser for Brother Kenny Jung who earlier this year suffered a stroke.  The date is November 23rd and it will be a Night at the Races.  For more information contact John at the hall. 

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the family of past Local president Lenny Kessler who passed away October 9.

As of this writing there are one mechanic and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next month, work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net