May ’18 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

Just a few thoughts on Memorial Day…

We set aside Memorial Day to remember those that gave their last good measure and those that came home that have since passed on. Those that have served know that not all wounds are visible and many of the brothers and sisters they stood arm in arm with continue to fight a battle everyday with memories and demons on times past.

Two years ago I was riding Murray from Pittsburgh to Washington DC along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal when just past the Mason-Dixon Line I ran into Marty Wills (USMC) who was walking from Muskegon, Michigan to Camp Lejune, North Carolina to draw attention to the 22 veterans that commit suicide everyday. It was humbling to hear his story and even more humbling to think about those who survived the war zone and succumbed to the demons only they could see.

To those reading this that served in any capacity in the military, thank you for your service. Without people like yourself, America would never have become the great country that she is. To those of you that served in a war zone, I extend my most sincere gratitude and thankfulness that you returned home from your service to your family and are able to work in the best trade in the trades.

Take time to talk with these brothers and sisters.

Take time to hear their stories.

No one needs to make that number 23.

Congratulations go out to Joe Gauker for passing the Mechanics Exam. As I always say, the Mechanics Exam is the only unbiased evaluation of your knowledge of the trade you will ever have. Work smart and work safe!

Starting this fall there will be three apprentice classes to reduce the class size and give more opportunities for individualized instruction. I am also pleased to say that I am joining the instructing team. As of this writing I do not know how I will be used but, I am looking forward to the challenge of passing on what little I know to the next generation of constructors.

Two issues arose over the past month worth passing along regarding the contract and work we claim. A company was going to send two helpers to unload a truck while their mechanics were in training. The supervisor calling it in said it “wasn’t a big deal because it would be unloaded by a Lull anyway.” This is not the right answer. We unload the trucks, not the other trades or company drivers. Second, if drilling a hole is sub-contracted out a mechanic must be on the job the entire time including the assembly and disassembly of the rig.

Know your contract and know what it means. Do not give up our work.

Congratulations to NEIEP and Work Preservation on their outstanding job at the Ohio State House highlighting the training each and every elevator constructor must go through to be come a mechanic and the continuing education available to them. The program targeted Ohio’s House and Senate members as well as the staff of the Ohio Department of Commerce Industrial Compliance Division and was meant to support efforts to pass the Elevator Safety Bill through the legislature. Currently 32 states have licensing of elevator constructors.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brother Allan Greene who passed away March 21st.

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

May ’18 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

Happy May Day!

The close of March 2018 brought to an end the career of Brother Ray Bowles. Ray was fortunate enough to have made a career at one of Cleveland’s premier properties, Landmark Office Tower.

I cannot say enough good about Ray. He was a long time officer of the Local, most recently serving as a Trustee. His steady hand and even manner helped guide the Local through some very rough times. He was also very willing to take the time to teach anyone who would ask about the in’s and outs of the equipment he shepherded over his 30-year tenure as a resident or answer any questions about the Local’s finances.

I was fortunate to substitute for Ray a couple of times when he took vacation. The job was intimidating but not overwhelming. When I showed up on Friday to shadow him for the day he gave me two things: a yellow wire nut and a single rag. When I asked what they were for he told me the wire nut was to block the Otis doors when I got off at a landing and the rag was to clean the equipment “and I’d better get them both back!”

And he did.

He also said that when someone could snatch the wire nut from his hands he would leave. Well, Pat Kenney snatched the nut.

The torch has been passed.

Local 17 will open up recruitment on July 16th. To apply for a position, the candidate must go to the NEIEP website, neiep.org, click on Careers and cursor does to the lower left of the page and select the option for Local 17, Cleveland. They must also complete all the requirements in order to be considered for a spot on the list. Good luck to all interested in joining the best local in the best trade in the trades.

The Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner has a new home. The 2018 edition of this annual crowd pleaser will be held on May 18, 2018 at Harry’s Steak House, 5664 Brecksville Rd, Independence, Ohio. As always, retirees are free and members pay $35 at the door. There is a choice this year of steak or chicken cordon bleu, so get your reservations in as soon as possible.

 

Where are they working?

John Goggin and Brian Chambers at the Federal Reserve hanging travel cords for Schindler,

Tony Kuhn and Ken Eaton installing two eight-stop hydros at Knickerbocker Apartments in Bay Village for Thyssen,

Tom Gombar and Tim Moore at RTA doing oil lines,

Jim Thompson and Pat Pollack doing a three car mod at Cedar-Brainard for Otis,

Chris Scholle is in Columbus on a rail crew at Mt. Carmel for Thyssen,

Chris Wyant and Zach Lanum at Sisters of Notre Dame installing two hydros for Schindler,

John Patton doing retrofits at Embassy Suites in North Canton for Kone,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows at Vanguard Apartments in Beachwood for Kone,

John Goggin and Tim Lieb doing comp chains North Point for Schindler,

Brett Oloflin in from Local 45 adjusting at West 25th Street Lofts for Kone,

Christino DeJesus and Jim Rogers installing a five-stop 3300 at West 9th Street Lofts for Schindler,

Scott Hicks and Ryan Todd at Baldwin Wallace College installing a four-stop 3300 for Schindler,

John Patton and Heath Kramer at Stokes Federal Building shortening cables for Kone,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrow at the Cleveland Athletic Club installing two cars for Kone.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Brother John Larsen who passed away February 11 and retired Brother Ralph Butler who passed away February 15.

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

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
Dknapik@windstream.net

April ’18 Labor Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

IUEC Local 17 will offer the opportunity to become an apprentice starting July 16, 2018. For more information and how to apply go to the National Elevator Industry Educational Program website, neiep.org, click on “Careers” and cursor to the lower left “Upcoming Recruitments.” All those applying to the apprenticeship program must meet all the time frames specified in order to be considered for placement on the Local 17 list. Good luck to all seeking to become part of the best local in the best trade in the trades.

In a letter sent to local signatories, Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. reminded them that when buildings require identification for entry, it is the company’s job to supply a photo ID that does not contain any personal information. If you have a situation where a building requires more, contact your supervisor and John at the hall at 216-431-8088.

If you change jobs, start a 4/10 job or the company wants to bump you up from Assistant Mechanic to Mechanic, call the hall. If you are working a 4/10 job and it starts out as a Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday the company cannot randomly change you between the two. If a situation arises and you have a question, please call John.

Schindler Elevator is doing safety walks on employees working overtime. If you are working an after hours job, safety does not stop after eight hours, it keeps going. Be as cognizant of safety on overtime as you would on straight time. We lose too many brothers and sisters as a result of overtime fatalities. Do not become a statistic.

In November of 2017, Brother Gordon Lenhart of Local 31 (Houston, TX) passed away from a heart attack on his way to the hospital after being instructed by his supervisor to go to the emergency room. The IUEC General Executive Board decided that his family would receive the death benefit since it was clear he would have died on the job had he not left to seek medical attention.

The Annual IUEC Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner will be held Friday, May 18th at Harry’s Steak House, 5664 Brecksville Road, Independence. As always retired brothers and sisters are free and active members pay $35 at the door. This is always a well attended event and it is even more important that you reserve your spot as soon as possible.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Brother John Larsen who passed away February 11 and retired Brother Ralph Butler who passed away February 15th.

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

 

April ’18 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

Local 17 will be opening it’s recruitment of apprentices on July 16. To apply go to the NEIEP website neiep.org, click on Careers and cursor to the bottom to follow the link. Please emphasize to anyone applying that they must follow though on all the steps and requirements in order to be considered for the program. The entire process is being handled by NEIEP through the website so there is no need to call the hall.

Apprentices are starting to fall behind in turning in their OJT forms. These are a requirement, not an option, and failure to turn them in will mean a visit to the JATC on your own time to possibly explain to your boss why you can’t follow instructions. Don’t be that guy. Get your stuff in.

Look for John Taylor to be teaching the motor alignment class the first or second week of November. If you are interested in learning more about tramming motors, you can sign up for the class by dropping by the hall or contacting Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr., at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

NEIEP is currently trying to establish a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College to recognize out apprenticeship program in the same way that many community colleges around the country. This would mean credit for your completion of the NEIEP curriculum toward a degree from Tri-C. Keep your eyes here and on the NEIEP website for more information.

If you work for Otis and are submitting your JHA’s and pre-start job site checklists electronically on a tablet, the International says you may sign off as long as you follow all company safety procedures. Also, since Otis is now the contractor for AT&T on a national basis, any paperwork to allow a background check does not have to be signed. It is strictly voluntary and AT&T can only do a criminal check, not a credit check. Our signatory companies can only get a pass/fail on the results.

If you have been contacted by PEAK Elevator out of Colorado inquiring about interest in a franchise, please contact John at the hall. PEAK is a non-signatory company and any information would be helpful in the IUEC organizing efforts.

 

Where are they working? Here’s where….

Scott Hicks and Ryan Todd in Westerville, near Columbus installing a duplex for Schindler,

Scott Daugherty and Wing Lui at Perrino Furniture doing a mod for Gable,

Jean LaFontaine adjusting at the University of Cincinnati for Kone,

Mark Byram and Felix DeJesus doing a freight car mod at NRG in Avon Lake for Schindler,

Kevin Driscoll and Jason Tischler doing water damage repair at the Wyndham Cleveland Hotel for Schindler,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows doing a mod at the Cleveland Athletic Club for Kone,

Jeff Lindell and Bret Oloflin adjusting at St. Martin’s in Cleveland for Kone,

Ray Mack and Jeff Webber in Shaker Heights on the RTA escalator route,

Joe Simcic and Morgan Armstrong at Pine Crest in Beachwood installing three Gen 2’s for Otis,

Don Knapik and Josh Mitchell at Richmond Park Apartments replacing a pump unit and selectors for Schindler.

 

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to Brothers Jerry and Tom Rietz on the untimely passing of their brother on January 23.

 

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

March ’18 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

The Kone team of Jeff Lindell, Brendan Hyland, Matt Hardin and Chris Cipro were awarded the Elevator World Project of The Year 2018 for their work on the modernization of the RTA escalators at Tower City Center. The story featured in the January 2018 issue of the magazine highlights the challenges the team had in the completing the project. Not only did the team have tight deadlines to complete units in time for the Republican National Convention and St. Patrick’s Day which swells the ridership from 30,000 to over 100,000 riders for the single day, there was also the Cleveland Cavaliers championship parade crowd which brought over 250,000 people on RTA downtown for that single event.

RTA Project Manager Steve Hershman was quoted in part saying “I really have never seen such a dedicated, focused group of professionals who know their craft and know how to take care of issues — good or bad. Working in a very tight, confined space takes a good crew to do what they did on a very tight schedule.”

The upcoming issue of NEIEP’s LIFT Magazine features an article on the evolution of the escalator and touches on the issue of modernizing these workhorses of mass transportation. The issue in its entirety can be viewed online at neiep.org, clicking on the Publications tab, LIFT and finally selecting issue 9. Look for the bound version in your mailbox in the not too distant future.

Local 17 will be opening up its apprenticeship program to new applicants at noon July 16th. Interested parties can go to neiep.org click on Careers and view the application information. It is important they follow the timelines for the application process in order to be considered.

The IUEC has moved around the territories of some of its organizers. As a result, Assistant Director of Organizing Dan Baumann out of Local 2 (Chicago) will now take over for Jim Lowery as the organizer for our Local. Lowery will still keep an active role in several ongoing efforts.

Where are they working?

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski installing two cars at the Cleveland Clinic for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Pat Pollock doing a mod at Crystal Towers for Otis,

Bob Brady and Cory Huhn doing service work for Otis,

Heath Kramer and Jon McCuan doing a door mod at Progressive Field for Thyssen,

Joe Simcic and Morgan Armstrong installing a car sat 2101 Superior for Otis,

Scott Villanueva and Zach Miller doing service work at Tremont Lofts for Otis,

John Patton, Robin Eaton, Todd Ross, and Joe Gauker, cabling at the Federal Office Tower for Kone,

Dave Gnagy and Matt Carlton doing a mod at W. O. Walker for Schindler,

Kevin Driscoll and Jason Tischler cabling at Cleveland State University for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Brian Owens doing a four-car mod at PNC for Thyssen,

Tim Wood and Nick Meyer doing service work at Miles Elmardge for Thyssen,

Shawn Yatsko and Robert Timko doing a mod at Moreland Courts for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Brian Bond doing a mod at Berkshire Condos for Schindler.

 

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send condolences to the families of retired Brother Joe Tako who passed away December 30th, Brother Dan Tinner who lost his father and Brothers Ray and Ken Bowles whose mother passed away December 28th.

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

 

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

IUEC Local 17 Opens Apprenticeship List

IUEC Local 17 will be opening its apprenticeship list on July 16.  To apply for a position on the list go to neiep.org, click on the Careers tab and cursor to the bottom of the page listing the locals accepting applications.  Keep in mind that in order to be considered for a spot on the list you must follow all the steps and meet all the deadlines spelled out by the program.

Good luck to all interested in applying to the best trade in the trades.

March ’18 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

IUEC Local 17 will be offering a recruitment in July to any and all persons interested in becoming an elevator constructor. Applications will be taken through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) website at neiep.org. Click on “Careers” and cursor to the bottom of the page to view all opportunities available to enter the best trade in the trades.

To all existing apprentices, some have fallen behind in turning in their OJT forms. This will result in an appearance in front of the JATC for which you will lose time on the job and possibly have to face a boss from your company to explain why you are late. Please be sure the time is properly filled out and signed by your superintendent.

John Taylor will be teaching the motor alignment class but, is not scheduled to take the Training The Trainer class until September or October. The class will most likely be held the first or second week of November.

NEIEP is currently trying to establish a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College to recognize our apprenticeship program. This means that successful completion of the NEIEP program will give those interested in pursuing an Associates Degree with Tri-C a leg up over those entering the college with no formal training. Stay tunes for updates.

Those working for Otis who submit their JHAs and pre-job checklists electronically by a tablet my sign off as long as all company safety policies are followed. Also, you do not have to sign a form for a background check to work at an AT&T facility. AT&T can only do a criminal background check and not a credit check. Otis will only be given a pass/fail by AT&T about your results.

If you have been contacted by Peak Elevator out of Colorado about a franchise opportunity, please contact the Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. at 216-431-8088. Peak is a non-signatory company operating out of Arvada, Colorado servicing Colorado and Wyoming. Organizer Randy Storr would like to talk to anyone that has been contacted by this company to aid in organizing efforts.

To those in the other trades reading this article, the Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 would like to extend their hand to those looking to organize their non-signatory brethren. First, please send a list of signatory companies and Local contact information to webadmin@iueclocal17.org. That information will be made available on iueclocal17.org for all to reference on the job. The Business Manager for that particular trade can use those phone calls for organizing purposes.

The sooner we hear from the trades the sooner we can all work together to better the lot of our non-signatory Brothers and Sisters.

A list of signatories for IUEC Local 17 can be found at the bottom of this article as well as on our website.

DO NOT FORGET! IUEC Local 17 will be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! This is a family oriented event and those with children are welcome to bring them for what will be a special memory. Once again, a big thank you to Thyssen Krupp who is supplying the truck for the Local. The parade kicks off at noon and we will be gathering near the Plain Dealer building at 18th and Superior.

The members of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Brothers Jerry and Tom Rietz whose brother unexpectedly passed away January 23.

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