IUEC to hold Safety Stand Down April 28

The International Union of Elevator Constructors in cooperation with its signatory companies will hold a Safety Stand Down on April 28.

In order to again recognize Workers Memorial Day and The National Day Of Mourning on April 28th, The IUEC has prepared a toll free call in number in order to hear a Safety Message from General President Christensen as well as links to a Life After Loss video and a video with Safety messages from several
leaders of our industry including the IUEC, company presidents, employer safety directors and employer organizations supporting the Safety Stand Down. The call in number and links to videos will become active on April 28th.

For more information follow this link to the IUEC Safety page

April ’21 Business Manager’s Report

SAFETY

April 28 is Workers Memorial Day and The National Day of Mourning.  The international has put together a series of videos along with a message from IUEC General President Frank Christensen.

As reported last month, there was a joint safety committee meeting held via zoom with the International, Local and company supervisors.  There was a moment of silence for the most recent on-the-job fatalities.  IUEC Safety Director Mike Langer went over the accidents and explained the causes determined from the investigations. The video of the Memorial Wall was shown as well as a roundtable discussion of close-call reporting.  All went well and another is being scheduled for June.

There was an on-the-job fatality in Local 1 (NYC) from a medical condition.

SCHOOL

Congratulations to Rob Timko, Brian Seither and Cory Ptak for passing the Mechanics Exam.  There are four other eligible apprentices waiting to take the test.

With five weeks of school left, all units need to be completed by Friday, May 14 to be eligible for the finals which begin Monday, May 17.  Please be sure your computer is working properly and you have a strong internet connection prior to starting your final.

Our Area Coordinator has informed Local 17 that he has to hold recruitments for locals whose lists are the oldest first.  This means pushing Local 17’s recruitment out possibly another year.  

NEIEP has not officially announced we will have in-person classes for the fall, although it is looking more likely as time goes on.

If everyone passes their current classes, there will be 18 apprentices in the NEIEP program in the fall.

LOCAL

Work Preservation is putting together a case against non-signatory Oracle Elevator as an irresponsible contractor.  At the Miami Airport several escalators were found with safety devices physically jumped out.  WE have been fortunate the Oracle has not been into the Cleveland market yet but they do have a presence in Columbus (Local 37).  Columbus was able to provide a list of jobs Oracle lost.

There was a hearing on Proponent Testimony on HB 107, the elevator licensing bill.  Tim Moennich of Work Preservation along with Local 11 (Cincinnati) Business Manager Jim Mill are and Gable CEO Phil Issac testified at the hearing.  State Senator Brian Baldridge, the main sponsor, provided his testimony in writing to the committee.  There have also been a couple of ZOOM meetings with other BA’s involved to discuss changes needed for ratification.

An email was sent out to members explaining the American Rescue Plan signed by President Biden and the relief for multi-employer pension plans included in the law.

WORKING

DJ Spring and Devan Shields doing a mod at Carnegie Towers for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Eastland Heights installing a car for Otis,

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

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Fairview Village Apartments doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Ken Bowles are working in Akron on AMHA mod jobs for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsy, Pat Kelly and two Akron apprentices in Lordstown installing a freight for Otis,

Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser, Ernie Rodriguez, Joel Reyes, Chris Boggess and four Houston mechanics installing 14 cars at Metro General Hospital for Schindler,

Gary Thompson, Dan Varga, Rob Timko and Andy Mesko doing a mod at Erieview for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a mod at Terrace Towers for Schindler,

Matt Carlton and Dave Gnagy doing a three-car mod at CSU for Schindler,

Pat McCann and rich Supinski doing a door mod at UH main campus for Schindler,

Matt Wiegart, Lucas Janke, Shawn Yatsko and Brandon Light at Skylight Office Tower doing a mod for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Lem Hurd doing a mod at Euclid Hill Villa for Schindler,

Ryan Todd and Brian Seither doing a four-car mod at Winton Place for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Jay Schafer at Brooks Bio installing one car for Schindler,

Don Yoho and Andrea Rodriguez installing one car at Larchmere Apartments for Schindler,

Drew Williams and Russell Barrows at Richmond Park doing a mod for Kone,

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong installing one car at Cedar Road Parking Garage for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at CMHA Stokes for Thyssen,

Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at CMHA Wilson Towers for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford at Baldwin House in Berea doing a two-car mod for Thyssen,

Jason Frederick and Chris Sipos doing a mod at Orangewood Place for Thyssen,

Chris Scholle and Brian Owens installing one car at Fribley Hall at Case for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Sebastian Ricco working in Indiana for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Kyle Meyer tearing out and installing four cars at K&L Buildings by NASA for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mad at Cityview Nursing for Gable.

ACCIDENTS/SICKNESS/DEATH

Retiree Tom Carey passed away.

There has been a run of Covid and Covid-related infections and quarantines.  We have eight members affected

MEMBERS OUT OF WORK

Three mechanics

EMPLOYERS NEEDING HELP

None at this time

GOOD OF THE ORDER

Emails will be going out regarding the May meeting status.  We expect to be back to normal.

John will be out of town from April 14 through April 22 and will respond to emails, text messages or voicemails as soon as able.

April ’21 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

The International wants every Local to establish a Safety Committee.  The purpose is to have open discussions with the local signatory companies on safety-related issues and not argue CBA issues.  The first Zoom meeting was held March 23rd.  The International supplied an agenda and ran the initial meeting.

The plan is to have the Committee along with the International do job site visits with the emphasis on safety once travel bans around the country are lifted.

There has been an increase in participation in the online mentoring sessions with Jerry and Tim compared to last semester.  Hopefully this will eliminate the possibility of fails this semester.  When an apprentice fails a semester, they are called in front of the JATC to determine what can be done to assist them in passing the class.  

The JATC realizes that this has been a difficult couple of semesters for apprentices and wants them to take full advantage of all the resources available.  A letter has been sent to all apprentices encouraging them to sign into the online mentoring sessions so they can be familiar with the system.

Work on the new school on Engle Road is continuing and the hope is to return to face-to-face instruction with the Fall semester in August.

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing will be held June 12 at Hickory Nut Golf Course, 

23601 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station.  The event will be a four-man scramble format.  Tee times start at 10 AM with a cost of $100 per person.  The cost covers golf, food, beer and pop.  

If you have any questions about the event contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at 431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org or Entertainment Chairman Brian Chambers at 216-272-3636.  To lock in your spot you can send a check made payable to Brian to the hall at 3250 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH. 44115  or use PayPal by entering Brian’s email brianchambers.cle@gmail.com

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Retired Brothers Ken Hilpert, Dan Sziriski and Dennis Samad who passed away this February.

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

April ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

The February Local 17 meeting was an officers only event held in the main hall for social distancing purposes.  Due to the general membership being unable to attend, the Business Agent report normally read at the meeting will be posted on the Local 17 website, iueclocal17.org, by the Monday following the meeting.

The officers also voted to upgrade the Local’s website.  This allows for greater content and options for updating the ten-year old endeavor.  There will be no immediate changes but rather a planned phase-in of the upgrades which will take place over the next six months.  If you have any ideas on what features you would like to see initiated in the upgrade, email them to webadmin@iueclocal17.org.

The IUEC International Convention planned for San Diego will be held virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  Any member wishing to offer a resolution to be brought to the convention can submit them to the Local which will format them for presentation.  Deadline for submission of resolutions to the International is May 3, 2021.   Resolutions can be emailed to Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org or dropped off at the hall. 

Where are they working…

DJ Spring and Deven Shields doing a mod at Western Reserve for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Lubrizol installing a four-stop for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Jack Finucan at the Carlyle in Lakewood doing a mod for Otis,

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Fairview Village Apartments doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot working in Akron at AMHA  doing a mod for Otis,

Ken Bowles in Akron working a mod for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsy and Pat Kelly at Asia Plaza doing a one-car mod for Otis,

Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser, Ernie Rodriguez and four Houston mechanics at MetroGeneral Hospital installing 14 cars for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a two-car mod at Terrace Towers for Schindler,

Matt Carlton and Rob Timko doing a three-car mod at Cleveland State University,

Chris Cook and Mike Ross installing UV lights on twelve escalators at the Justice Center for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a door mod at University Hospital Main Campus for Schindler,

Matt Weingart, Lucas Janke, Shawn Yatsko and Brandon Light at Skylight Office Tower doing a mod for Schindler,

Ryan Todd and Brian Seither doing a four-car mod at Winton Place for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Jay Schaffer at Brooks Brothers installing one car for Schindler,

Dave Gnagy and Joel Reyes in North Olmsted installing three cars for Schindler,

Don Yoho and Andrea Rodriguez installing one 3300 traction at Nikolai Apartments for Schindler,

John Patton and Jean LaFontaine doing QEI testing at the Celebreeze Federal Building for Kone,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows doing a door mod at the Cleveland Public Library for Kone,

Todd Ross an Morgan Armstrong installing one five-stop at Cedar Road Parking Garage for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at Our House in Westlake for Thyssen,

Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at CMHA Wilson Towers for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford at CMHA Stokes doing a two-car most for Thyssen,

Jason Fredrick and Jason Saunders doing a mod at Orangewood Place for Thyssen,

Chris Scholle and Brian Owens installing one car at Electric Garden Apartments for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Sebastian Ricco installing a car at UH Avon for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Nick Myer at the Hilliard Building doing a one-car mod for Gable,

Marc Carollo and John Smith at J&M Advisors doing a one-car mod for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at 5565 Erieview for Gable,

Mitch Klemp and Kyle Loza at the Cleveland Port Authority doing a one-car mod for Gable.

As of this writing there are three mechanics on the bench.

Until next month….

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

Business Manager Report March 2021

Safety

The IUEC wants every local to have a Joint Safety Committee.  Local 17 will be hosting a joint meeting with the IUEC Safety Committee and companies on March 23.  The topics to be discussed will be limited to safety issues with no contract issues.  The meetings will be Zoom-based until face-to-face meetings can be safely done.

School

There has been an increase in participation in the online mentoring sessions with Jerry and Tim compared to last semester.  Hopefully this will eliminate the possibility of fails this semester.  When an apprentice fails a semester, they are called in front of the JATC to determine what can be done to assist them in passing the class.  

The JATC realizes that this has been a difficult couple of semesters for apprentices and wants them to take full advantage of all the resources available.  A letter has been sent to all apprentices encouraging them to sign into the online mentoring sessions so they can be familiar with the system.

Work on the new school on Engle Road is continuing and the hope is to return to face-to-face instruction with the Fall semester in August.

Local

The Biden Administration has eliminated the Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPS).  These were the way that non-signatory companies in the trades were able to to claim to have an apprenticeship program without signatory-quality instruction.

If you or a family member have received a letter claiming you have claimed unemployment benefits when you have not you may be a victim of fraud.  Follow the link in the letter to  report the fraud to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The Butch Lewis Act, also known as the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 has passed Congress and is waiting for a Presidential signature.  The Act offers financial assistance to pension plans in the red or yellow designation as defined by the Department of Labor through a new Treasury Department-backed Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation fund sufficient to pay benefits for 30 years.  

The fund will be partially financed by an increase in the employer-paid premium on all multi-employer pension plans increasing from $31 per member per year to $52 by 2031.

The Building Trades met with Washington Capital who are financing union-built projects.  They are financing the Artisan Circle Square Apartment project at the corner of East 105th and Stokes.  The building will be 24 floors with 298 units.

Where are They Working

DJ Spring and Deven Shields doing a mod at Western Reserve for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Asia Plaza installing one car for Oris,

Jim Thompson and Jack Finucan at the Carlyle in Lakewood doing a mod for Otis,

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Fairview Village Apartments doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot is working in Akron at an AMHA job for Otis,

Ken Bowles is working in Akron at an AMHA job for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsy and an Akron apprentice in Lordstown installing one car for Otis,

Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser, Ernie Rodriguez and four mechanics from Houston installing fourteen cars at MetroGeneral for Schindler,

Gary Thompson, Dań Varga, Rob Timko and Andy Męsko doing a mod at ERieview for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a mod at Terrace Towers for Schindler,

Matt Carlton and Dave Gnagy at Cleveland State doing a three-car mod for Schindler,

Chris Cook and Mike Ross installing UV lights on escalators at the Justice Center for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski at University Hospital Main Campus doing a door mod for Schindler,

Matt Weingart, Lucas Janke, Shawn yatsko and Brandon Light at Skylight Office Tower doing a mod for Schindler,

Ryan Todd and Brian Seither doing a four-car mod at Winton Place for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Jay Schaffer at Brooks Bio installing one car for Schindler,

Don Yoho and Andrea Rodriguez installing one 3300 at Nickolai Apartments for Schindler,

Drew Williams and Russell Barrows at Richmond Park Apartments doing a mod for Kone,

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong installing one 5-stop at Cedar Road Parking Garage for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at Huntington House for Thyssen,

Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at CMHA Wilson Towers for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford at CMHA Stokes doing a mod for Thyssen,

Jason Frederick and Jason Saunders doing a mod at Orangewood Place for Thyssen,

Chris Scholle and Brian Owens installing one car at Electric Garden Apartments for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Sebastian Ricco installing one car at UH Avon for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and John Smith tearing out four and installing four cars at K&L Buildings by NASA for Gable,

Marc Carollo and Kyle Loza at J&M Advisor doing a mod for gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at 5565 Erieview for Gable.

Accidents/Sickness and Death

Retired Brother Ken Hilpert passed away February 10, 2021,

Retiree Dan Sziriski passed away February 22, 2021,

Retiree Dennis Samad passed away February 26, 2021

One Brother is quarantined after his wife tested positive for Covid.

Members Out of Work

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

Employers Needing Help

Thyssen needs a mod/new installation  mechanic in Local 19 (Seattle) for Anchorage, Alaska.

Good of the Order

An email will be sent out on the status of the April meeting after the Executive Board meeting

March ’21 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

All apprentices must have their Spring unit exams completed by 23:59 Friday, May 14, 2021 in order to be eligible to sit for their final exams.  Finals will be made available Monday, May 17, 2021.  Check your NEIEP mailbox for further information as the time draws closer.  If you have any questions, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Instructors Rick Myers, John Taylor and Jerry Reitz are taking part in a remote OSHA 502 renewal workshop.  This renewal allows them to continue teaching the OSHA 500 class.

Myers, Reitz along with Tim Narowitz are currently available to help the seven IUEC Local 17 apprentices eligible for the mechanics exam review the material.  Reitz and Narowitz are available for mentoring Monday and Wednesday respectively with Myers offering assistance as needed.

The February meeting was an officers-only event held in the main hall due to Covid restrictions on distancing.  The Business Agent report normally read at the meeting will be posted to the IUEC Local 17 website, iueclocal17.org, by the Monday after the meeting.  John will send an email to members on the status of future meetings as events unfold.

The officers voted to update the Local’s website.  This update will offer more options for interacting with members and the general public as well as new features and an updated look and feel.  The changes will be rolled out over the next six months.  If you have any ideas on features which would benefit the site, email the administrator at webadmin@iueclocal17.org.

The IUEC International Convention planned for San Diego will be held virtually due to the pandemic.  Those members wishing to submit resolutions to the convention are encouraged to submit them in writing to John at the hall as soon as possible.  The deadline for all locals to submit resolutions is May 3, 2021. 

Even thought he St. Patrick’s Day Parade was cancelled for the second year in a row, there is a possibility the golf outing can take place this year.   Watch this space and the website for updates.

As of this writing there are three mechanics on the bench.

March ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

By the time this reaches your mailbox, it will have been one year since the World Health Organization gave a name to the novel coronavirus and declared a pandemic.  The convolutions the world has been thrown into since then need no review.  On anniversaries of major personal or societal events, it is often helpful to take stock of where you were then and your position now.  

When we look to the past it often with an emotional magnifying glass.  The events are amplified by the emotions locked into that moment. 

Painful and joyous alike are recalled in how we felt at a particular moment and this becomes the prism with which we review those events.  

Perhaps this is why it is so easy to romanticize our personal or collective past.  Whether it is a season in our life like high school or event like a vacation, wedding, birth or death these events define us as individuals as surely as the Kennedy assassination, September 11, the Challenger and Columbia loses and the Capitol Insurrection define our collective identity.

These moments define us but even the good memories become destructive when we they restrain us from moving forward with our lives.  We become like a dog tied to a stake barking at cars running by us until we wear a path in the grass, a path to nowhere.

The problem with locking into these events, moments and seasons is we live our lives forward not backward.  You cannot drive a car forward by staring into the review mirror, you must look through the windshield.  The answers to where you are going are looking forward in the windshield, not the rear view mirror.  The mirrors give you a sense of where you were and what is coming up from behind and act as a touchstone but, will not warn you of the obstacles or allow the appreciation of the beauty lying ahead.

Live life looking forward.  It is a beautiful view.  Don’t miss it.

The Local 17 apprenticeship program is remaining virtual for the Spring Semester and all apprentices registered started their studies January 18. 

Seven Local 17 apprentices are eligible for the Mechanics Exam. The Prometrics window for taking the exam runs February 8 through May 9.  Rick Myers is willing to donate his time to assist apprentices preparing for the exam along with mentoring from Jerry Reitz and Tim Narowitz.  The mentoring is available after registering for the review class on the NEIEP website.

If you hold a scaffolding certificate card and are in need of renewal, the Scaffolding and Access Industry Association (SAIA) is allowing online renewals of current certificates.  This does not apply to new certificates or instructor renewals.  For more information on this or any other continuing education opportunities access the NEIEP website (neiep.org) or contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Work in Local 17 has been strong through the past year as all companies have sought to keep those on their payrolls working.  There is talk that there may be a slowdown coming the near future.  There are four mechanics from Houston currently working for Schindler on the MetroHealth job and several Local 45 (Akron) members in the Cleveland jurisdiction.  If there is a slow down in work, Local 17 will have to make changes to keep as many members working as possible.  Article XXII of the Standard Agreement says mechanics can stay on a job until completion.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 extend their condolences to the family of retiree Bob Hess, Sr who passed away December 16.

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

Business Manager Report for February 2021

SCHOOL

We are in the fourth week of the spring semester and the due date report shows that all of our apprentices are on track. Our Area Coordinator gave Local 17 kudos for being up to date on unit exams, OJL reporting and approval from the companies.

All unit exams for the Spring semester need to be completed by Friday May 14, 2021 at 11:59pm and Final exams will be made available starting Monday May !7, 2021. Further final exam instructions will follow

A reminder to the apprentices that they need to stay on top of their OJL hours and have them entered before the 10th of the month. NEIEP has reactivated the cutoff system. You must have January’s hours entered by February 10.  Moving forward, all OJL hours must be recorded by the 10th of the month.

We have seven apprentices that are mechanic test eligible, Rick Myers is helping them review and  five of the seven have signed up for the CE025 review course that gives them access to both Monday with Jerry and Wednesday with Tim mentoring sessions. I strongly encourage the other two to take advantage of this.

We have three instructors (Rick Myers, John Taylor and Jerry Reitz) taking part in a remote OSHA 502 renewal workshop and I was told that this could be offered to our other instructors in the near future.

LOCAL

l’m sure we are all aware that the St Patricks Day Parade has been cancelled, the parade is funded by donations in part by buying the Shamrock pins. The parade committee is offering pins this year to help sponsor future parades.

The International made the announcement that the Convention will be held virtually this year. That being said we can begin sending in resolutions.  Resolutions have to be submitted by May 3, 2021.  If you have a resolution in mind of something you would like changed or added to our CBA, put it in writing and email it to JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org or drop it off at the hall at 3250 Euclid Avenue.  

The Local 17 By-Law committee will go over all resolutions and combine any that are on the same topic and review all others to make sure we understand your message and possibly help with some rewording if necessary.

Schindler’s annuity issue should have been corrected by this weeks pay stub. All Schindler employees make sure to check your stubs.  

I also sent an email out about 401(k) contributions at Schindler, I spoke to one member and was told that some how his contribution rate was changed, double check that and let me know if you see any issues.

The 14 day COVID Quarantine weekly income is available until May 31, 2021. And you are able to use it more than once if needed.

We will leave the decision up to the Executive Board on whether to have in person union meetings.

WORKING

  • DJ Spring and Deven Shields doing a mod at Western Reserve for Otis
  • Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Lubrizol installing a 4 stop for Otis
  • Jim Thompson and Jack Finucan at the Carlyle in Lakewood doing a mod for Otis
  • John Logue and Pat Pollock at Fairview Village Apartments doing a mod for Otis
  • Matt Pinchot is working in Akron at AMHA doing a mod for Otis
  • Ken Bowles is working in Akron at AMHA doing a mod for Otis
  • Jerry Szmerekovsy and Pat Kelly at Asia Plaza doing a one car mod for Otis
  • Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser, Ernie Rodriguez and four Houston mechanics installing 14 cars at Metro Hospital for Schindler
  • Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a mod at Terrace Towers for Schindler
  • Matt Carlton and Rob Timko doing a three car mod at CSU for Schindler
  • Chris Cook and Mike Ross installing UV lights on 12 escalators at the Justice Center for Schindler
  • Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a door mod at UH for Schindler
  • Matt Weingart, Lucas Janke, Shawn Yatsko and Brandon Light at Skylight Office Tower doing a mod for Schindler
  • Ryan Todd and Brian Seither doing a four-car mod at Winton Place for Schindler
  • Joe Simcic and Jay Schaefer at Brooks Brothers installing one car for Schindler
  • Dave Gnagy and Joel Reyes in North Olmsted installing three cars for Schindler
  • Don Yoho and Andrea Rodriguez installing one 3300 at Nikolai Apartments for Schindler
  • John Patton and Jean LaFontaine doing QEI testing at the Federal Building for Kone
  • Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows doing a door mod at the Cleveland Public Library for Kone
  • Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong installing one 5-stop at Cedar Road Parking Garage for KONE
  • Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at Our House in Westlake for Thyssen
  • Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at CMHA Wilson Towers for Thyssen
  • Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford at CMHA Stokes doing a 2-car mod for Thyssen
  • Jason Frederick and Jason Saunders doing a mod at Orangewood Place for Thyssen
  • Chris Scholle and Brian Owens installing one car at Electric Gardens Apartments for Thyssen
  • Kevin Thomas and Sebastian Ricco installing a car at U.H. Avon for Thyssen
  • Scott Hicks and Nick Myer at Hilliard Building doing a one-car mod for Gable
  • Marc Carollo and John Smith at J & M Advisors doing a mod for Gable
  • Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at 5565 Erieview for Gable
  • Mitch Klemp and Kyle Loza at the Cleveland Port Authority doing a one-car mod for Gable

ACCIDENTS SICKNESS and DEATH

We continue to have members off with Covid or quarantined due to Covid exposure

MEMBERS OUT of WORK

3 mechanics

EMPLOYERS NEEDING HELP

None at this time

GOOD OF THE ORDER

I will send out emails regarding union meeting status

February ’21 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

All apprentices currently enrolled in the NEEP program began their instruction in 800 and 200 on January 18. Classes are once again being offered online. Brothers Jerry Reitz and Tim Narowitz are available to help those taking the virtual classes.

If any apprentice has difficulties with accessing the material through the NEIEP website they can contact NEIEP at support@neiep.org or Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Seven Local 17 apprentices are eligible for the Mechanics Exam. Their window to take the exam is from February 8 through May 9.

Rick Myers will again be volunteering his time to assist apprentices with the review class. Along with Rick, Jerry and Tim who will be available for mentoring once the applicant enrolls in CE025. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of the guidance opportunities available for the exam.

The Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA) is allowing those currently holding scaffolding cards to renew them online. This does not apply to instructor renewals or new certifications. If you are in need of renewal, contact John at the hall for further information on how to apply.

IUEC Local 17 has multiple members quarantined due to COVID or COVID exposure over the last several months. The IUEC offers a 14-day quarantine income during the time a member is off. For more information go to iuec.org and search COVID resources for the links to the International offerings.

Work for the elevator constructors is currently strong with several major projects underway. There are currently four mechanics from Houston working on the MetroHealth project going up on the main campus as well as several members of Local 45 (Akron) in the jurisdiction.

There is a concern for a downturn in the trades as the initial ripple effects of the shutdowns across America reach to projects where funding would have been available and breaking ground in the coming year. This concern may not be unfounded as the initial effects of the 2008 meltdown hit the trades in 2010 but did not fully pass until the 2016 timeframe when pent-up demand drove our current work situation.

A wise approach heading forward is to monitor your personal financial situation and be ready to make adjustments as needed to weather any storm heading our way. NEIEP offers a personal financial planning continuing educational class through its website, neiep.org. Login with your ID and search out the continuing education courses to signup.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 extend their condolences to the family of retired Brother Bob Hess Sr. who passed away December 16.

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

February ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

At the December special meeting, all officers were elected on a white ballot including Brother Chris Sipos who takes over the Conductor post from Brother Lucas Janke.  An election was held for three delegates to the 2021 International Convention currently scheduled to be hosted in San Diego.  Brothers Bill Lynsky, Tim Narowitz and John Patton will join Business Manager John Driscoll Jr in representing Local 17 at the event. 

All eleven apprentices eligible for the Mechanics Exam passed.  Congratulations to Brian Bond, Matt Carlton, Bob Connelly, Felix DeJesus, Matt Herbold, Dave Horner, Pat Kelly, Andrea Rodriguez, Ernie Rodriguez, John Smith, and Dan Varga.  There are an additional eight apprentices eligible for the exam once they pass their last finals.

There are currently 20 apprentices in the Local 17 NEIEP program.  There will be two classes with those who passed 700 moving into 800 and those from 600 moving into 200.

With the start of the new year, this is a good time to reassess your personal and financial goals.  When doing these assessments do not overlook the beneficiary of your insurance policy through the Local.  This is an important designation in the event of your passing especially if you have not made one, are recently married, divorced or had a child.  You can contact John at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org for further information. 

Where are they working?

Al Ward and Deven Shields doing a mod a the Federal Reserve for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Lubrizol installing a four-stop for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Jack Finucan at the Carlyle in Lakewood doing a mod for Otis,

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Fairview Village apartments doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Andrea Rodriguez at the Federal Reserve doing a mod for Otis,

Ken Bowles and Shane Huff at Chestnut Lake Apartments doing a mod for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsy and Pat Kelly at Swagelock in Solon installing two cars for Otis,

Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser and three Houston mechanics installing fourteen cars at Metro Hospital for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a mod at Terrace Towers for Schindler,

Matt Carlton and Chris Boggess at Metro installing two hydros for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a door mod at UH main campus for Schindler,

Matt Weingart and Lucas Janke doing a mod at UH Bishop for Schindler,

Ryan Todd and Brian Seither doing a four-car mod at Winton Place for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Jay Schaefer at the GreatLakes Cheese Shop in Hiram installing two cars for Schindler,

Tom Peska and Brian Seither installing a car at NASA for Schindler,

Brendan Hyland and Russell Barrows installing a five-stop at Grosevnor Place in Tremont for Kone,

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong installing three cars at Euclid Grand for Kone,

Joe Gauker and James Hirz at the Columbus Airport installing one car for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at Our House in Westlake for Thyssen,

Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at CMHA West Boulevard for Thyssen,

Tim Narowitz and Matt Harden doing a one car mod at Bedford Hospital for Thyssen,

Jason Fredrick and Sebastian Ricco doing a mod at Orangewood for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Jason Saunders installing a car at Aqua Marine for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Marc Carollo at 310 Lakeside doing a mod for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at 5565 Erieview for Gable.

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