August ’17 Labor Citizen

Brothers and sisters:
In the past month IUEC Local 17 put out six probationary apprentices. In the last few years the Local has put out far more apprentices than in the past ten years. This trend is good for the trade because there are a large number of members that will be retiring in the next few years and the Local needs members to step up and fill their positions.

This makes it even more important for those members that have probationary apprentices to take the time to teach those apprentices not only the right way to do the job but, also the in’s and out’s of being a good union member. As I have said before, these apprentices look to their first journeymen as the model of what a good elevator man is but also a good union member. Please take the time to answer their questions to the best of your ability and if you do not have the answer, point them to someone that does.

According to Matt Szollosi, Director of ACT Ohio, if you are working on a job that uses Port Authority money for financing it is a prevailing wage job. If you have any questions about this, please contact your business representative.

ACT Ohio also reported the State of Ohio’s two-year operating budget passed with no unemployment compensation reform, no prevailing wage reform, no PLA reform and NO RIGHT TO WORK LANGUAGE. ACT Ohio has invested heavily in the relationships that that have kept these labor unfriendly concepts from the budget and out of the legislature. Once again it has made a difference.

Brother Tim Gibbons passed the mechanics exam and started on the route vacated by the now retired Brother Bruce Koprowski. The Local sends congratulations to both Tim and Bruce on these milestone achievements.

Hot on the heels of this spring’s walleye fishing charter, Entertainment Chairman Bill Dudas announced a second charter scheduled for Saturday, September 9th. The cost is $40 per person. The charter is limited to the first 30 people who sign up for the event. If you are interested, you can contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

Thank you to the 30 active and 40 retired members of Local 17 that attended this years Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner. For pictures of this always well attended event, go to iueclocal17.org and click on the Galleries tab.

There was enough interest in having someone from Mass Mutual, the company that administers the 401K and Annuity program for the IUEC, give a presentation on the plans that a representative will attend a Special Called Meeting to answer any questions. Watch this space or the Local’s website, iueclocal17.org, for more details.

If you are interested in getting involved in the 401K plan, you can inquire at your employers office. It is as simple as filling out a form and the returns can be impressive.

In a letter read in part by Tim at the July meeting, Assistant General President Jim Bender reminded all Locals that prior to starting any new construction or modernization job every member must notify the business office of the location of that job. This is a requirement of General Law XXVI No. 24.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Al Jerson who lost his father and retired Brother John Taylor who lost his daughter and two grand daughters.

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

 

July ’17 Labor Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

The hot season is on us and it is even more important to stress the importance of the effects of heat on our daily work. Machine rooms, hoistways and their environment can lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. According to WebMD the hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Fainting may be the first sign. Other symptoms may include: throbbing headache, dizziness and light-headedness, lack of sweating despite the heat; red, hot, and dry skin; muscle weakness or cramps, nausea and vomiting; rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak; rapid, shallow breathing; behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering; seizures or unconsciousness.

If you suspect you have or your partner has any of these symptoms, contact 911 right away and attempt to cool the core body temperature to at least 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. You can wet skin with water and fan the person with air; apply ice packs to the arm pits, groin, neck and back or immerse them in a tub of cool water.

Also, be aware that sweat can be conductive around live equipment. Always LOTO and confirm there is no current in the circuit. If you need to troubleshoot live, use the appropriate PPE and stay aware of your own physical state.

The Local 17 Annual Golf Outing will be held August 26th at Emerald Woods Golf Course,12501 N Boone Rd, Columbia Station. The $100 fee includes food, drink, prizes golf and a cart for the day. The format is once again a two man scramble. Please get your money and reservations into Business Manager Tim Moennich at the hall ASAP. The phone number is 216-431-8088 or you can email Tim at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

There are still opportunities for Local 17 members to sign up for courses in CPR and scaffolding. These courses are brought to you through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) on cooperation with the American Heart Association and the Scaffold and Access Industry Association and are paid for through the employer contributions made in members names for every hour they work. This advanced training can make the difference between working and not working, take advantage of it.

Do you have questions about retirement investment planning? Local 17 is planning a night with a representative from MassMutal, the company that administers the 401K for the IUEC, to give members and their spouses the chance to ask questions and learn about retirement investing options. This event is not limited to those nearing retirement. Choices made early on in your retirement planning can have long lasting effects on it’s eventual value. Contact Tim for more information on this important event.

IUEC signatory Ashland Individual Services has developed an elevator emergency education course for first responders in select US cities. They identified problems with the current Emergency Evacuation Manuals found in almost all machine rooms that can result in injuries to passengers and first responders. Many of the hazards identified by AIS are routinely handled in the JHA, JSA or company safety training but are not immediately identifiable to those outside the industry. The most important thing they teach the first responders is to call the IUEC elevator contractor to have a qualified and trained individual safely evacuate the passenger.
State representatives Tom Patton and Bob Cupp are co-sponsors of House Bill 236, the Model Elevator Law, which would bring licensing of elevator constructors to the state of Ohio. Kevin Sullivan from the National Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund and lobbyist Andrew Herf are working together on this effort. To help fund the effort there will be a raffle of a rifle and pistol with 200 chances at $50 each. For more information on the raffle contact Tim.
The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Don Knapik on the passing of his sister Carol.
As of this writing there are four mechanics on the bench.

Labor-Citizen June ’17

Brothers and sisters:

Apprentices that are behind on their OJT forms run the risk of being called in front of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. The JATC is made up of four IUEC and four company representatives and the apprentices run the risk of having to explain to their boss why they are behind.

Local 17 received a hydraulic valve simulator from NEIEP. The simulator has a piston that can be controlled by either an EECO or Maxton valve. The course covers the design, function, operation, repair and adjustment of the two most common valves in the field today. For more in formation of this course, contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

There are sign up sheets available for a first aid, CPR and scaffolding classes. If you are interested in any of these classes, please contact Tim.

Business Manager Tim Moennich has a sign up sheet available for a session with a representative of Mass Mutual, the company that administers the 401K and annuity benefits for the International. The session will cover the workings of these two important parts of your retirement plan and give you the opportunity to ask any questions. The session is open to members and their spouses.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 extends congratulations to Ryan Todd for passing the Mechanics Exam.

To our Brothers and Sisters in the building trades: the IUEC Local 17 Volunteer Organizing Committee is actively gathering information on non-signatory companies operating in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Lorain and Ashtabula counties. If you see a company that is not listed as a signatory at the bottom of our article working on your job or see an elevator company name that you do not recognize, please contact Business Manger Tim Moennich or VOC Chairman Don Knapik at DKnapik@windstream.net. We are particularly interested in companies installing or servicing home elevators or lifts.

While the IUEC as a whole recently celebrated the signing and ratification of its new five-year agreement, the Brothers and Sisters of Local 125A in Newfoundland, Canada were on strike to settle terms of their Collective Bargaining Agreement. The agreement between Local 125A, the National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA) and the Construction Labour Relations Association of Newfoundland (CLRA) went into effect April 30th with members returning to work May 1. Congratulations to those that stood by the Local in its fight for a fair CBA.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 extend their condolences to Brother Rob Hansen on the passing g of his father retiree “Little Bob” Hansen and Brother Ric Supinski on the passing of his father.

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

May ’17 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:
NEIEP has a new online course on confined space awareness, The course is built on scenarios that describe relevant information to create awareness on how to work safely in and around confined spaces. You can check out this course and other online offerings at neiep.org in the Student Gateway.

If you took the welding class held at Lincoln Electric Business Manager Tim Moennich has your results. You can contact Tim at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

Congratulations to Brother Lucas Jenke who is the first apprentice to take and pass the Mechanics Exam administered at Prometrics. He passed the test on March 30th.

A large congratulations goes out to the IUEC Labor Committee on the successful completion of the negotiations of the new Standard agreement set to go into effect July 8. On Friday, March 31 the contract was ratified by a vote of 277 to 2. As previously reported, the only change to the contract is the Assistant Mechanic reporting requirements when starting a job. There is also a percentage increase for each year of the contract versus the dollar amount given in previous contracts.

At the April meeting, International Organizer Jim Lowery spoke about the IUEC organizing efforts over the last year and how President Trump’s company stiffed an electrical contractor for $2 million.

Lowery talked about the Union City Daily newspaper report that an IBEW contractor was working at the new Trump International Hotel in DC and had not been paid for their work. “This is not a large company we are talking about that put out a significant amount of money and hasn’t been paid.” This is the former US Post Office the Trump Organization leased from the federal government and turned into a luxury hotel. This is also the same property where the President was under scrutiny for a potential conflict of interest.

Lowery then ticked off a list of successful campaigns and stripped employees, including a contractor doing work at VA hospitals around the country. When talking about other efforts, particularly within the federal government he said “there are several smaller companies that come in from out of town to do government work and then leave a mess behind them for our signatories to clean up.” The efforts to organize these companies continues.

When he turned his attention to Gable, he noted that the Cleveland market share for Local 17 jumped from about 86% to the “high 90 percent” range in commercial work and we are now the third largest organized market for home lifts in the International. Jim noted that Rick Gable has been working with the International to capture the home lift market, a sector on which the organizers have been told to place special emphasis. “There are several companies operating in the area that we would like to see come into the fold.”

Lowery was also on the IUEC Labor Committee that just completed ratification of the new contract with NEBA and the ECA.

Also at the April meeting Brother John Driscoll Jr., reported on the North American Building Trades legislative conference in Washington DC attended by him and Business Manager Tim Moennich. While the conference itself was informative and the two had many opportunities to talk with local legislators the highlight was the address given by President Trump. “The group was, except for one small protest during the speech, respectful of his position as President. He never once talked about Right-to-Work-for-less, Davis-Bacon, prevailing wage or any issues that we were interested in.”
As of this writing there are three mechanics and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.
Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

April ’17 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

Congratulations to the International Union of Elevator Constructors on the successful completion of the negotiations of the new Standard Agreement. The IUEC Labor Committee just concluded negotiations with the National Elevator Bargaining Association (NEBA) and the Elevator Contractors of America (ECA) on a new five-year contract. The contract gives significant increases in pay and benefits for its term and has no significant concessions. The most important changes to the Standard Agreement are the Assistant Mechanic reporting requirements, the addition of paid time off (PTO), and a shelf life of 24 months for all Article XXII warning letters. There was also a minor agreement on modernization jobs being able to work four ten-hour days Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday.

At the bottom of this article you will find a list of signatory companies working in the northern Ohio. While the signing of Gable Elevator in February closed a three year and a half year campaign, there are still several companies operating in the area that Locals 17 and 45 would like to bring into the fold. If you see a company you do not recognize from the list working on one of your jobs or in your area, please contact IUEC Local 17 Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or Akron IUEC Local 45 Business Manager Dave Morrow, Jr at 330-620-9259 to report their location and, if known, what kind of work they are doing.

If you are an apprentice in Local 17 make sure your OJT forms are up to date. There are several apprentices whose forms are not current and are flirting with a date with the JATC. This is not a date you will want to make. Get your forms signed and turned in as soon as possible.

There are still spots available for the scaffolding class as well as the CPR/First Aid class. If you are interested in either offering contact Tim at the hall or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

If you are working as a contractor at a Cleveland Clinic facility and are required to take an infection control risk assessment, complete an online badging and get a flu shot to work at a facility, be sure you are getting paid for your time. A letter was sent by the Cleveland Building Trades to the contractor associations in Cleveland about this requirement because of a concern that some contractors may not be paying employees for their compliance time. If this applies to you and you feel there is a problem, contact Tim at the hall.

Entertainment Chairman Bill Dudas is planning a walleye fishing charter for April 22nd. The charter costs $30 per person and is currently limited to the first 35 people who sign up. For more information or to sign up for this first time event you can call Tim at the hall.

The Annual IUEC Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner will be held May 19th at Frank Sterle’s Country House, 1401 East 55th Street just south of St. Clair Avenue. Refreshments start at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 6:30 pm. The cost remains at $30 per person and will include a family style dinner. For more information contact the hall no later than May 1st to secure your spot at this always well attended event.

If anyone is into trap shooting, the IUEC will be hosting the Union Sportsman’s Alliance 7th Annual Baltimore Area Trap Shoot. The event will be held Saturday, August 5th at the Carney Rod and Gun Club in Carney, Maryland. For more information go to unionsportsmen.org.

A large IUEC Local 17 tip of the hat to Joe Broz, Jr., his wife Meg and her sister Christine for their efforts in organizing this years entry into the 2017 Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A huge thank you also goes out to ThyssenKrupp Elevator in allowing the Local to use their brand new truck and borrow their truck driver, Tony, for the day. The IUEC participation in the parade is one event that the whole local, not just those of Irish decent, look forward too all year. For photo coverage of Local 17’s participation, please visit iueclocal17.org and cursor down or click on Galleries.

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

March ’17 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

There are a lot of festivities planned for the coming months. So, get out your calendars and take note….

Once again IUEC Local 17 will be marching in the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The event steps off at noon and the participating units marshal along Superior Avenue east of East 18th Street prior to the event. This is a very family friendly gathering and all members are encouraged bring their children to share in the excitement. This is a great opportunity to make a memory or begin a family tradition.

Entertainment Chairman Bill Dudas is planning a walleye fishing charter for April 22nd. The charter will cost $30 per person and is currently limited to the first 35 people who sign up. For more information or to sign up for this first time event you can call Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

The Annual IUEC Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner will be held May 19th at Frank Sterle’s Country House, 1401 East 55th Street just south of St. Clair Avenue. Refreshments start at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 6:30 pm. The cost remains at $30 per person and will include a family style dinner. For more information contact Business Manager Tim Moennich no later than May 1st to secure your spot at this always well attended event.

There is a sign up sheet for classes in CPR and scaffolding. The CPR class is designed to give the participant an American Red Cross certificate. The scaffolding class is a Scaffold and Access Industry Association authorized program offered through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP). The successful completion of the class makes the student a competent person for the erection of frame scaffolding. The certification is good for three years and must be renewed after that time. For more information on this or any other offerings, contact Tim at the Hall.

On February 8th, Brothers Joe Broz, Jr., Bill Lynsky, John Patton and myself were in attendance at the IUEC Local 45 (Akron) meeting when 21 new members were sworn in as a result of the successful organizing effort of Twinsburg’s Gable Elevator by both Local 17 and the Akron Local. Four Gable employees were sworn into Local 37 (Columbus) and they will be working in that jurisdiction. As a result of the signing onto the Standard Agreement, Gable also hired six experienced IUEC mechanics, four from Akron and two from Cleveland.

Since the beginning of Gable Elevator in 1991, they have been a significant player in the home elevator market. This single signing makes the home elevator market from Cleveland’s western suburbs south to Columbus and east to the Pennsylvania border the third largest organized region in the International. This pairs with the long term plan of the International to recapture the home market.

Gable employees have a portability agreement which allows them to work in both Cleveland and Akron but, they must report in when working in another jurisdiction.

If you see any of the new members take the time to congratulate them on becoming part of the best trade in the trades.

There are rumors of a tentative contract agreement between the IUEC, the Big Four elevator companies (NEBA) and the independents (ECA). No details will be available until all the contractors and Locals are briefed on the contents of the agreement.

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

February ’17 Labor Citizen

Brothers and sisters:
The International Union of Elevator Constructors Locals 17 (Cleveland) and 45 (Akron) are proud to announce that effective February 1, 2017 Gable Elevator of Twinsburg became a signatory to the IUEC contract. This draws to a close a three year effort by the Locals to organize Gable into the union.

In a Facebook post on January 25, Local 45 Business Manager Dave Morrow Jr. announced the signing and thanked the International’s head of organizing Jim Biangini, regional organizer Jim Lowery and Local 17 Business Manager Tim Moennich for their efforts in the successful signing. He also went on to say “I look forward to working with the new members and owners Rick Gable and Phil Isaac.”

The signing adds 21 new members to the rolls of the Akron local. Those new members who were not previously part of an International Local will now be eligible for apprenticeship training through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) as well as participation in the National Elevator Industry Benefits Plan. Those previously members will also be eligible for continuing educational opportunities through NEIEP’s online and classroom instruction. The NEIEP program is the only accredited apprenticeship program recognized by the State of Ohio as meeting all the requirements for apprentice training.

Local 17 would also like to thank those that helped with the effort in this organizing campaign. Special notice goes to Brothers Joe Broz, Jr., John Patton, Mike Moennich, Bill Lynsky, Tim Gibbons, Lucas Jenke, Steve Keating and retired Brothers Buzz Gibbons and Jimmy Battiger for all the time and effort exerted in this successful campaign. There are others to thank, some of whom must remain anonymous. This was truly a group effort.

Moving forward it is important that these new members feel welcome by the Brothers and Sisters of both the Akron and Cleveland Locals as well as the Building and Construction Trades in general. If your see one of these new members, take the time to say hello and welcome them into and some of them back to the best trade in the trades.

On a personal note, I have said this before and I will say it again for all to read: I have never been prouder to be a part of anything than I am to be a member of IUEC Local 17.

Congratulations.

All apprentices should have their NEIEP issued laptops. The laptops are preloaded with digital copies of all NEIEP materials needed for the eight semester apprenticeship. They feature the ability to run the Virtual Courses from the classroom or home.

Local 17 has opening for the scaffolding and CPR classes. The scaffolding class is taught in cooperation with Scaffold and Access Industry Association Training Program and leads to a three-year certification as a Competent Person in the erection of scaffolding. The CPR class is offered to teach the student the possible life saving skill and give them the confidence to handle an emergency situation. If you are interested in either of these continuing educational opportunities contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the family of retired Bother George Prochaska who passed away January 4th.

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