Due to the strong response to the previous welding class put on by NEIEP, a second class has been announced. The course runs for 40 hours and will lead to a 3G and 4G certification. Classes are run from June 13th through the 17th and June 20th through the 24th from 5:15 to 9:15. Any IUEC Local 17 member interested in participating must deposit a $500 check to guarantee attendance. If you are interested, then please contact Business Agent Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.
The 2011 Local 17 Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, June 11 at Mallard Creek Golf Course, 34500 East Royalton Road, Columbia Station. The outing will start at 9 am and the cost will be $90 per person. Of course, there will be food and drink at the turn and at the end of the day dinner and door prizes. To reserve your spot, call Mike Hogan at 440-427-0004 or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEIEP is offering an online training and licensing course called “Rigging and Signalperson.” The course takes three to four hours to complete online. When the student takes the exam they must score at least 70 percent. After successfully passing the online exam, a written and participation exam will be given by the NEIEP area coordinator. The student must pass the written test with an 80 percent and a 100 percent on the hand signals. The rigging and signal persons card is good for three years.
The final makeup class for this year is Monday, May 16. The finals will be on May 31th for Tuesday’s class and May 25th for Wednesday’s.
I hope everyone had a happy May Day! There’s a lot to talk about so let’s get going….
There are plans for another OSHA 10 and scaffolding class. If you are interested, please contact Business Agent Tim Moennich for class dates and times.
NEIEP is looking for contributors to Lift Magazine, its educational supplement available to all members. The upcoming issue covers new elevator technology. You do not need to be a professional quality writer to contribute, just the desire to share your knowledge with others. If you are interested in becoming part of the team of compensated Lift contributors, send your resume to Jon Henson at email@example.com or call 508-699-2200 extension 6115.
The Project Labor Agreements for the casino have been completed. While all the details are not in at this time, it looks very good that the project will be moving forward shortly.
There is currently an action with Marshall Samuels Accessibility and their split shop arrangement where one of their operations is union and their other location is a non-union shop. MSA is a home accessibility company selling stair and wheel chair lifts, dumbwaiters and residential elevators. If they become a signatory, then Local 17 will be picking up a couple of new members and a strong presence in a market the International is eager to penetrate. This will also offer another company to employ Local 17 members.
At the April meeting, the membership voted to go ahead and purchase the URL iueclocal17.org and develop a website. I am happy to report that the development has been moving briskly ahead and we should be live very soon. The purpose of the site is to keep the members, retirees and their families informed on what is going on between meetings. There is space for photo galleries of events like the Retiree’s Dinner held last April 15th, updates on JATC news, announcements and links to the International, union and local signatory company websites. The hope is that it will be a go to resource for news and information as the convention is held in the late summer and the contract is up next year.
If anyone has content, announcements, births, weddings, deaths, pictures, or anything they would like to share with the rest of the local, please click on the web administrator link on the Contacts page and I will post it as soon as possible.
The local sends its most sincere condolences to the families of Brother Ryan Faber who passed away on March 31st and retired Brother James Horvath who passed away on March 25th.
As of this writing there are 25 mechanics and two apprentices out of work.
As I write these words in late April 2011, a group called We Are Ohio, labor unions from across the state and the Ohio Democratic Party are collecting signatures to repeal the union-busting Senate Bill 5 signed into law less than a month ago by Republican Governor John Kasich. Their goal is to get over 230,000 signatures from all over the state to put a repeal of SB5 on the November ballot.
The governor has proven to be a wiley character and as hard to pin down as an eel on his support for the bill. He talked about “giving local government the tools they need to make (financial) decisions” which on the surface we can all agree that that is not a bad thing. When we work in our trade we occasionally use several special tools, except the ones he was talking about turned out to be a chainsaw to public-employees right to bargain and hamstringing pubic-sector unions by legislating what they could not get by negotiating.
There is a sound political theory behind what he is doing. I call it the “Friedman Generalization and Corollary.” Milton Friedman was a Nobel Prize winner in Economics and advisor to Ronald Reagan during his campaign and after the election on the Economic Policy Advisory Board. In 1982 he and his wife Rose wrote a book titled Tyranny of the Status Quo. In that book he did a study of current economic situations around the world and how they interconnected. Early in the book he told a story about the election of a Premier in British Columbia and what he did not promise during the election and why.
Very briefly, here is the text from Friedman’s book:
“Any measure that affects a concentrated group—either favorably or unfavorably—tends to have effects on individual members of that group that are substantial, occur promptly, and are highly visible. The effects of the same measure on the individual members of a diffuse group—again whether favorable or unfavorable—tend to be trivial, longer delayed and less visible. Quick, concentrated reaction is the major source of the strength of special interest groups in a democracy – or for that matter any other kind of government. It motivates politicians to make grandiose promises to such special interests before an election – and to postpone any measures adversely affecting special interest groups until after an election.”
“Had Premier Bennett spelled out his intention to cut personnel and funds before the election, he would have aroused immediate and vocal opposition from the special interest groups affected—and only lukewarm and far less vocal enthusiasm from the taxpayers in general. By waiting until after the election to spell out his program, Premier Bennett could hope that the bad effects on the concentrated groups would dissipate before the next election while the good effects on a broad constituency would have time both to take effect and to be recognized as the result of the measure he took.”
This is the playbook Governor Kasich and his advisors are using to hijack Ohio and turn labor back a hundred years.
They executed the Generalization flawlessly; withholding their plans until after the election and then publicly springing the effort to cut public-sector bargaining rights only after the election. This kept public unions from effectively organizing against them and for former Governor Strickland. Now they are in a waiting mode until 230,000 signatures can be obtained to put the repeal on the ballot.
Over the next couple of months it is going to be very important that we pace ourselves to not become burned out by the effort to repeal SB5. With the granting by the Supreme Court of person status to corporations with regard to political activities, you know that huge money will be in play because the next step is making Ohio a Right-to-Work-for-Less state. It is also important to be prepared for the largest privately financed effort to beat back an issue ever marshaled by any special interest group anywhere in the history of politics. Ever.
I have a more in depth analysis on my blog, Through the Mill (through-the-mill.com). Click on the Analysis icon on the left and cursor down to the article titled “Ohio, Wisconsin and Why the Rush.”
Brothers and sisters, keep focused.
Brothers and sisters:
HAPPY MAY DAY!
I would like to take ask everyone reading this to take a moment and say a prayer for those that have been affected by the ongoing disaster in Japan. The country faces an uncertain future as it deals with the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns.
In the 1940’s when my father was getting confirmed it was typical for the presiding Bishop at the end of the interaction between him and the confirmandi to give them a small slap on the face and direct them to “be prepared to defend your faith.” Years later, my dad said that at the moment he was slapped he fell ill for almost a week. If you have been following the twists and turns of the union-busting bills in Ohio and other states, it is clear that we, as union brothers and sisters, need to be prepared to defend our brethren.
During the past few months I have been looking for sources to keep updated on the fluid battle in which we are engaged. Consequently I found these two great sites. The first is from the Ohio AFL-CIO (ohaflcio.org). The second site, and one I added to my RSS feed, is the blog from the national AFL-CIO (blog.aflcio.org). Both sites are packed with up to date information and other links focused on the national and Ohio battle fronts against the class warfare initiated by the right. Because I only have 650 words to keep you up to date here in the Constructor, I have set up a blog at throughthemill.wordpress.com to add commentary and analysis.
Please educate yourself on the issues and be sure you can stand on your facts when being attacked by an uninformed or misguided anti-union antagonist. At least that way, if you get slapped you stand a chance of not becoming ill.
Even though it is coming to the end of the school year, it is still the apprentice’s responsibility to get their OJT forms in on time. If you have not been getting your forms in on time and are three months in arrears, the JATC will be asking for an explanation. Be prepared to justify your actions.
There are reports that a team from Akron (Local 45) was caught working in our jurisdiction without informing the hall. This is a reminder that if you are asked to go out of the locals jurisdiction for any reason, you are required to check in with the business agent of the local in which you are working.
Where are they working?
Roy Skinner Jr. and Jeff Lindell performing safety tests at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for Kone,
Bill Sellers and Jason Costa doing a jack at Playhouse Square Parking Garage for Schindler,
Roy Skinner Sr. and Craig Nolty doing a three-car mod at Tudor Arms for Kone,
Gerard Szemerkovsky and Tony Karovich installing two four-stop elevators at Carrington Court for Otis,
Jim Thompson and Tom Kelly doing a two-car mod at the Hyatt Hotel Rockside fro Otis,
Matt Haussler and Terry Keating doing a jack job at Surf Side Towers for Kone,
Bob Garman and Kevin Thomas doing service work for Thyssen,
Neil Beechuk and Bill Dudas installing three two-stop holeless hydraulics at CMHA Administration building for Thyssen,
Dave Brunner and Jim Archer doing a two-car mod at Campbell Court for Schindler,
Ken Bowles and Jason Sohayda doing a mod at Euclid Hospital for Otis,
Tom Gombar and Dave Drnak cabling at the Hamptons for Response,
Gary Thompson and Chris Wyatt doing a three-car mod at W.O. Walker building for Schindler,
Scott Hicks and Mark Byram finishing a punch list at UH Cancer Center for Schindler,
As of this writing there are 24 mechanics and two apprentices off work.
Till next month…
Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety,