Brothers and Sisters:
Retired Brother John Taylor is teaching the CE 093 AC motor class with five students. He is willing to roll into the Hydraulic Controller Lab afterward if there is enough interest. The class covers all aspects of troubleshooting a hydraulic elevator and is the same lab used during the apprentice training. This is an excellent way for both new and experienced mechanics to hone their troubleshooting skills. If you are interested in this or any other Continuing Education courses contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.
Those who passed the Mechanics Exam after the start of the present contract must have eight hours of Continuing Education credits through NEIEP to receive their raise. The current offering of classes is Harassment and Discrimination, Multimeter Skills and a Governor lab. NEIEP compensates the students for eight hours at their Locals scale for completion of the classes. Every mechanic is eligible to take the offerings no matter when they passed their test. For more information, go to the NEIEP website at neiep.org and click on the Mechanic CE offerings link on the main page.
At the February meeting Business Manger John Driscoll Jr reported that IUEC General President Frank Christensen attended the monthly Tri-State meeting. As has been an ongoing topic for many months, the major signatory companies have been having issues with keeping a correct payroll on a regular basis. The latest is that an Otis superintendent did not press the submit button prior to leaving on vacation. According to the report, this is not an uncommon issue across the country and the IUEC leadership is dealing with it on a case-by-case basis. Those affected by the error should have been made whole by the time of this publication.
Vacation checks should have arrived by January 15th per the contract. If you did not receive your check or believe there is an error contact your employer and John at the hall.
Major employers in the area are still claiming supply-chain shortages for not starting jobs. Some are shuffling guys around to jobs while they wait for parts to arrive from vendors. This may prove to be a short time issue with a flood of new work after the storm clears.
Ohio Elevator is dominating Facebook with an outreach to the commercial sector. The company is the spin off of the residential division of Gable/3Phase Elevator. They have recruited a former Local 45 and 17 member to spearhead their campaign into the commercial sector. A list of Local signatories is at the bottom of this article. If you run into this company on a job or any company not listed below, contact John at the hall.
As of this writing there are two mechanics and one Assistant Mechanic in the bench.