April ’19 Labor Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

The Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) decided that the next continuing education class will be on hydraulic valve adjustment and troubleshooting. The class will cover the basic operation of valves, how and why they need adjusting and diagnosis of valve issues. This is a very important skill for Constructors at every level to acquire or reenforce. Time and date for the class has not been set. Watch this space for further updates.

The first apprentice make up class for those who missed at least one classroom session will be on a Friday in May. As of now no firm date has been set.

Apprentices must turn in their OJT forms in a timely manner or explain to the JAC why they are not current. Two letters to appear have been sent by the Board to apprentices who are far behind in this basic reporting requirement. If you are behind, get your forms turned in as soon as possible.

The latest news on the pension crisis plaguing so many pensions plans is that as of now Congress has not come up with a plan that addresses the needs of plans that are insolvent or heading towards insolvency.

The plan in the worst condition is the Teamsters Central States which is losing $2.1 billion a year and will be insolvent by 2025. There may be a plan called the Liability Removal Program which seeks $3 billion from the Federal government and an additional $3 billion from increased premiums paid to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) which Federally insures pension plans. The current premium to PBGC is $29 per active and retired member. This could go up drastically should the LRP go into effect.

There is a sense of extreme urgency with the issue on the part of Congress. Since 2020 is Presidential election year and with that distraction going on it would make it nearly impossible to pass any reform until 2021 when insolvent or nearly insolvent plans will be an even larger burden on any rescue effort.

The IUEC Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner will be held May 17th at Harry’s Steak House, 5664 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio. Festivities start at 5:30 and dinner is served at 6. Please RSVP as soon as possible for this always well attended event.

A big thank you goes out to Brother Joe Broz, Jr. and his wife Meg for decorating the Local 17 truck for the 2019 Cleveland St.Patrick’s Day Parade donated by ThyssenKrupp and keeping the participants lined up though the route!

Congratulations to Sister Andrea Rodriguez on her appointment to the vacant Ward 3 council seat in the city of Brunswick.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Retired Brother Jim Horvath whose widow passed away and to Brothers Mike and Tim Moennich who lost a cousin.

As of this writing the bench is clear.

April ’19 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

School has started and apprentices are in one of four classes: 400, 500, 600 and 700. The apprentices in the 500 class will be doing the second round of Practical Exams in applying the lab in a timed demonstration of their skill. It’s like Forged In Fire without the heat, smoke, noise and Will Willis counting down the time. Those in 700 will not be participating yet in a Practical as NEIEP is not ready to roll out the exam.

The Model Elevator Bill, which would bring licensing to the state of Ohio, is back in committee in the Ohio House with a good chance of getting passed this year. Former Local 17 Business Manager Tim Moennich, now with Work Preservation, has been working on getting this bill through the legislature and on to Governor Mike Dewine’s desk for signature.

Gable Elevator, who started out in the home lift segment of the business before moving into commercial work, decided to sell off the home lift division to the daughter of founder Rick Gable. The new business is called Ohio Home Elevator and for the time being is a non-signatory.

If you are on a construction or modernization job and see pre-assembled components that are questionable, take photos and contact Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

The Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner will be on May 17th at Harry’s Steak House, 5664 Brecksville Rd, Independence, Ohio. As always, retiree’s eat free. Watch the mail for the response form and get it in as soon as possible. This is a well attended event and the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones is always a blessing.

Where are they working?

Jeff Ward and Rob Zadravec at Hampton Inn on East 9th Street doing a door mod for Thyssen,

Dave Gnagy and Matt Carlton doing a one-car mod at Positive Education for Schindler,

Dave Lehotan and Brian Chambers doing a two-car mod at Medical Mutual for Schindler,

John Goggin, Mark Ondich and Ed Gimmel cabling at NRG for Schindler,

Russ Lansky from Tampa and Jeff Stryzak from Denver troubleshooting at Progressive Insurance for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf and Jason Saunders at the Drake doing a jack and one-car mod for Thyssen,

Bill DUdas and Tony Kuhn at French Creek Water Treatment Plant doing a one-car mod for Thyssen,

Drew Williams and Joel Reyes at May Company doing a five-car mod for Kone,

Ken Jung and Jason Tischler decommissioning a six-stop car at Cleveland Public Auditorium for Schindler,

Ric Supinski and James Hirz at the Beacon installing three cars for Kone,

Al Ward and John Smith at Western Reserve doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Bill Dudas and Tony Kuhn at Tri-C Westshore installing two cars for Thyssen,

Jim Ehrbar and Mark Carollo doing a one-car mod at St. Augustine for Gable,

John Goggin and Kieth Janzen cabling at Stoffers in Solon for Schindler,

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Dave Horner who lost his grandmother.
As of this writing the bench is clear.
Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

March ’19 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

IUEC Local 17 finished the first round of Practical Exams for the RC 500, hoistway wiring and construction class.  The Practical tested the 21 apprentice’s skills at print reading, wiring and constructing a simulated hoistway switch setup.  The test results are available on the students NEIEP dashboard.

Spring semester is in full swing.  Local 17 currently has apprentices enrolled in 400, 500, 600 and 700 classes.  These modules cover electrical theory and application, solid state, power and logic and installation.  Those enrolled in 500 will be taking a Practical Exam based on the lab while the 700 class Practical is not yet ready to be rolled out.

The Model Elevator Bill, which would bring licensing to the state of Ohio for elevator constructors has a better chance to get passed during the 2019 legislative session.  To highlight the bill, ABC 6 in Columbus ran a story about Andrew Polakowski who was pinned between the car and landing sill at Stradley Hall at The Ohio State University in 2006 when the brake on the overloaded elevator failed, started down and Polakowski attempted to exit.  

An investigation by fire and state elevator inspectors found the brake out of adjustment.  The university was using a non-signatory company to service units on campus.  The news piece interview Mike Halpin of Elevator Industry Work Preservation who stressed the need for licensing in Ohio by stating that in jurisdictions that have licensing there is a 26 percent decrease in incidents between inspections.  Ohio currently has 65 elevator inspectors and 34,000 units.

Gable Elevator of Twinsburg decided to sell off its home elevator business and create Ohio Home Elevator.  The new business will be totally separate from Gable and operate as a non-signatory with the goal of eventually becoming signatory. 

The current work situation in Cleveland and surrounding jurisdictions is good.  During the Tri-State meetings, Louisville, Indianapolis, Cincinnati Columbus and Cleveland all reported full employment while Chicago, Lansing and Detroit reported a total of 17 members on the bench.

Local 17 has started to tap the new hire list and expects to have many new faces in the fold soon.  If you have a probationary apprentice, please remember to school them in three areas: safety, good work habits and good union membership.  All of these work together to create a solid member that will make the trade better for you and them having been here.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brother Dave Horner whose grandmother passed away.

As of this writing the bench is clear.

March ’19 Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

Local 17 just completed its first round of Practical Exams with 20 apprentices demonstrating their piping and wiring skills from RC500.  Instructors Jerry Reitz and Tim Narowitz are preparing their classes for the next round of practical exams in RC700 and RC500 respectively.  These Exams will be administered later on this year as close to the labs they are based on as possible.

As of this writing the Model Elevator Bill, which would bring licensing to the State of Ohio, has stalled in the Ohio House.  The bill came out of committee in the previous session but must be taken up by the committee again in the new session.  The bill is a joint effort by the union and signatory companies to standardize the training requirements for those working on vertical transportation equipment.

Don’t forget that Local 17 will again be participating in the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The parade is family friendly and everyone is encouraged participate in this great annual event.  Gathering and setup for the parade is between East 18th and 24th along Superior Avenue and starts around 10 AM.  See you there!

Where are they working?

Al Ward and John Smith at Western Reserve doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows at 2155 Stokes Boulevard CDC installing a three-stop and two-stop hydro for Kone,

Scott Villanueva and Bob Connelly at Fairview Parking Garage doing a mod for Otis,

Jeff Ward and Rob Zadravec at Columbus Park Apartments doing a jack for Thyssen,

Ryan Todd and Rob Timko at Medical Mutual doing a door mod for Schindler,

John Logue and Brandyn Alley at Lutheran Hospital doing a one-car mod for Otis,

Joe Sumph and Brian Bond doing a five-car mod at holiday Inn Independence for Schindler,

Drew Williams and Joel Reyes doing a three-car mod at Fenway Towers for Kone,

Tom Kelly and Cory Huhn replacing travel cords at AT&T for Otis,

Tony Karovich and Cory Ptak at Lakeview Towers in Ashtabula for Schindler,

Kevin Thomas at Notre Dame installing hydros for Thyssen,

Chris Wyant and Chris DeJesus installing three cars at Medical Mutual of Ohio,

Dave Francis and Andrew Daniels installing two cars at CDC for Kone,

Bob Meyer and James Hirz installing two eight-stop cars at Residence Inn at East 101 and Chester for Kone,

Jim Ehrbar and Marc Carollo at Days Inn in Elyria doing a two-car mod for Gable,

Jerry Szmerekovsky and Pat Kelly at Health Education Center finishing a 13 car install for Otis,

DJ Spring and Deven Shields at Case Dental School installing three cars for Otis,

Dave Gnagy and Matt Carlton at Promisory School doing a one-car mod for Schindler,

Jason Faber and Matt Harden at Case Jolly Scholar doing a one-car mod for Thyssen,

Jeff Ward and Rob Zadravec at Case doing a door mod for Thyssen,

Shawn Yatsko, Dan Varga, Mark Byram and Felix DeJesus at Moreland Courts finishing a mod for Schindler,

Darryl Scislo and Craig Haller doing escalator repairs at Tower City for Otis,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows at the Beach Building installing three cars for Kone,

Ryan Todd and Rob Timko doing a two-car mod at Huntington Park Garage for Schindler,

Ken Bowles and Shane Huff at Cleveland Clinic P Building doing a four-car mod for Otis,

Tom Reitz slowing down for safety at the Leader Building for Schindler,

Matt Hausler Sean Canning at the Drake doing a jack for Thyssen and

Bill Sellers and Mike Hogan at the Lordstown GM Plant doing freight door repairs for Kone.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of retiree Charlie Skelnik who passed away December 20.

As of this writing the bench is clear.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

 

 

February Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

Over the last week of January, IUEC Local 17 completed the first round of Practical Examinations of its apprentices.  The Practical covered basic skills of print reading, creating a pull sheet and wiring and piping hatch switches and a pendant station.  The Practical Examinations count toward the apprentice’s Mechanics Exam which they are eligible to take after successfully completing all eight semesters of the NEIEP program.  In the Spring there will be another round of RC500 exams as well as RC700, print reading and troubleshooting, for those students to demonstrate their skills.

Apprentices with questions about their semester exam scores should access their NEIEP dashboard.

John Taylor is teaching another motor alignment class with the option to teach more if there are enough members interested.  If you would like to add this valuable skill to your tool bag, contact Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Don’t forget that Local 17 will again be participating in the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The parade is family friendly and everyone is encouraged participate in this great annual event.  Gathering and setup for the parade is between East 18th and 24th along Superior Avenue and starts around 10 AM.  See you there!

The Model Elevator Bill, which would bring licensing to constructors in the State of Ohio, is stalled after the Ohio House failed to pass the bill by the end of the last session.  Keep your eye on this space for more information as the bill moves back through committee and to the floor for a vote.

Former IUEC Local 17 Business Manager Tim Moennich and Mike Halpin, both of Elevator Industry Work Preservation, will be talking to the Executive Board on “Right to Work”, project labor agreements and organizing and how it affects the trade.  This presentation may be given at a later time to the general membership.  Keep your eye on this space for more information.

As of this writing the bench is clear and there is a lot of work in the Cleveland area.  It is only a matter of time before new apprentices start making an appearance in the field.  For all those who will be working with these fresh faces, remember that we all were in the same position at one point in our careers.  It is incumbent upon you to impress the importance of safety, craftsmanship, accuracy, pride and being a good union member.  The future of our trade depends on everyone doing their part.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Charlie Skelnick who passed away December 20, 2018.

February ’19 Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

Local 17 has been aiding the efforts of Work Preservation and signatory companies to pass the Model Elevator Bill (SB 308) which would bring licensing of Constructors to the state of Ohio.  Testifying on behalf of the bill were IUEC lobbyist Andrew Herf, Kevin Sullivan from Work Preservation, Schindler Elevator code consultant and former Chief Elevator Inspector Norm Martin and Local 11 Business Agent Jim Miller.  All spoke on the importance of being properly trained to work on elevators and the problems that can arise when untrained personnel put themselves and the public at risk.

Two weeks later the opponent testimony had one speaker Mike Simko, the owner of Access Solutions in Akron.  Simko claimed that companies like his doing residential work should be exempt from the law because oversight by the AHJ is already in place.  Additionally he argued that the accessibility market is a “niche inside a niche” and likened the licensing of all those working in the trade to “requiring a lawn tractor mechanic having to obtain a diesel truck mechanic license in order to remain in (their) field.”  When visiting the company website, Access Solutions claims their products are suitable for both residential and commercial applications.  

In addition to  Access Solutions, Arrow Lift, a Minnesota-based non-signatory with an office in Beachwood, and two groups, Americans for Prosperity and the accessibility industry association AEMA sent letters of testimony in opposition claiming the bill as a legislative overreach.

On December 5 the bill passed out of committee and as of this writing is waiting on a vote in the Senate.

On December 15 Local 17 held its annual Children’s Christmas Party.  For photos from the event go to the website iueclocal17.org and click on the Galleries tab.  A large thank you to outgoing Entertainment Chairman Mike Moennich for the fine job in planning and working the events for 2018.

Apprentices enrolled in the NEIEP program will be starting the Spring semester the first week of February.  If you have not received your class assignment contact Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org or call the hall at 216-431-8088.

Where are they working?

Bob Meyer and Andrew Daniels at 101st and Chester Residence Inn installing two eight-stop tractions,

Brett O’Laughlin and Jon McCuan at RTA Quincy for Kone,

Chris Wyant and Chris DeJesus at Amazon in Euclid installing a four-stop hydro for Schindler,

DJ Spring and Deven Shields at Case Dental School installing three cars for Otis,

Jeff Lindell and Dave Francis at Residence Inn installing two cars for Kone,

Dave Adrian and Don Page at the mill doing maintenance for Otis,

Dan Tinner and Lemroy Hurd at Chestnut Lakes in Strongsville changing pump units for Otis,

Ray Mack at Akron Children’s Hospital installing drive for Kone,

Jim Thompson and Steve Keating at Altmount in Akron repairing a machine for Otis,

Gary Thompson and Brian Siether at Mercy Hospital doing a four-car mod for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Brian Owens at Fisher House installing two cars for Thyssen,

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong at Cleveland Athletic Club doing a two-car mod for Kone.

As of this writing the bench is clear.

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net