January ’23 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

There’s a lot going on so, lets get to it…

Photos from the 2022 Children’s Christmas Party held December 10th at the hall are now available on the Local 17 website, iueclocal17.org.  This is the first party since the pandemic and, as always, was a great time for parents and children.  

There will be 40 apprentices in the spring semester NEIEP classes.  Jerry Reitz will be teaching RC300 on Monday and Tuesday, Tim Narowitz will teach RC500 on Tuesday and Wednesday and Don Knapik will teach RC800 on Thursday.

All enrolled apprentices should have received their class assignments.  Also, all new apprentices to the program will be receiving a laptop to use in class.  If you have any questions about your class assignment, day or have not received your laptop, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Local 17 is planning a welding class between the fall and spring semesters at the world headquarters of Lincoln Electric in Euclid.  Any mechanic or apprentice interested must first complete an online prep course on the NEIEP website, neiep.org.  If you have any questions, contact John at the hall.

The January 13, 2023 meeting is a mandatory meeting for the installation of officers.  Those without a valid reason for not attending will be fined.

Where are they working:

DJ Spring and Deven Shields doing a one-car mod at Eton on Chagrin for Otis

Jim Thompson and Matt Dinko at Metro Critical Care Pavilion doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Shane Huff and Luke Schnitzler doing a one-car mod at Crestmont North Nursing Home for Otis,

Ken Bowles and John Ranney doing a two-car mod at Fairview Hospital for Otis,

Nick Ward and Pat McHugh at CCF Mentor installing four cars for Otis,

Pat Kelly and Cory Oldham installing a car at Lubrizol for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Brendan Teets at Meridian doing a three-car mod for Otis,

Bill Sellers and Joe Walter changing out a machine at Schofield for Schindler,

Tom Peska and Matt Ramser installing a car at Battery Park on West 70th for Schindler,

Shawn Yatsko and Brandon Light at Euclid Beach Club doing a two-car mod for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Brian Seither at Winton Manor doing a three-car mod for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing door mods at Cleveland Clinic Beachwood for Schindler,

Matt Weingart, Lucas Janke, Joe Sumph, Aaron Reed, Mike Bowles and Tito Mike doing mods at UH for Schindler,

Dave Gnagy and Jarrett Adams installing one car at Fairmount Condos for Schindler,

Joe Gauker and Eric Schaffran installing 12 cars at Ahuja for Kone,

James Hirz, Russell Barrows, Brendan Hyland and Jake Driscoll at The Artisan on East 106th and Chester installing three 23-stop cars for Kone,

Tim Narowitz, Vince Smrdel, Chris Sipos and John Smith at Bratenhal II doing a four-car mod for TKElevator,

Anthony Metcalf and Christian Thompson doing a one-car mod at UH Geauga for TKElevator,

Bill Dudas and Chad Nestor doing a one-car mod at Randall Park Apartments for TKElevator,

Jason Fredrick and Brad Skotko doing a one-car mod at Marine Tower West for TKElevator,

Kevin Thomas and Sean Canning installing one car at Parma Self Storage for TKElevator,

Mitch Klemp and Brian Owens at Shaker Professional doing a mod for 3Phase,

Marc Carollo and Dan Quigley at Center for Pastoral Care doing a mod for 3Phase,

Wing Lui and Justen Kavedzic at 20521 Chagrin Boulevard doing a mod for 3Phase,

Jim Ehrbar and Tino Chaibai doing a two-car mod at Chelsea Apartments for 3Phase.

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

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

December ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

There’s a lot going on, so lets get to it…

The 2022 Children’s Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 10 at the hall located at 3250 Euclid Avenue.  The event starts at 1 pm and the highlight is, as always, a visit from Santa Claus to pass out gifts to all the children 12 and younger.  

The spring school semester looks to be a packed house as Local 17 will have 37 apprentices in class.  The RC courses have yet to be determined for the group but, orientation will be the last week of January while classes start the first week of February.

John Taylor will be teaching the AC motor class and the hydraulic valve course after the first of the year.  These are two Continuing Education classes that do a deep dive into subjects that are touched upon in the regular NEIEP curriculum.  The motor class covers how an AC motor works, both across the line and wye-delta starting along with a section on soft starts.  The JATC is also looking at doing another welding class between the fall and spring semesters at the world headquarters of Lincoln Electric in Euclid, Ohio.  If you are interested in any of these offerings contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

All quarterly work cards are to be picked up from the hall by the first day of the quarter.  If you want your card to be mailed to you, include an SASE with your dues payment.  

The 36 story, one million square foot Sherwin-Williams headquarters project going up on Public Square will be done with a Project Labor Agreement ensuring that the 4000 construction jobs on the project will all be union labor.  

Otis has picked up a considerable amount of work recently and has three out of town teams working construction.  Schindler laid off a mechanic and is threatening layoffs in the future while TK Elevator and KONE are keeping their crews working steady.  KONE has said they expect the first quarter of 2023 to be the start of a very busy time for them.  3Phase has a good amount of work on the books with one team from Akron working in the Cleveland jurisdiction. 

Schindler has been having problems processing pay checks in Cleveland and the region.  AGP Bender sent emails to the affected areas and the issue was corrected in a short time.  If you were shorted or have continuing issues with your pay, contact your administrator and superintendent but also let John know an issue exists.

The six probationaries in Group 1 all should have received raises to 55%.  Also, all the Local 17 apprentices should have received their raises as long as they completed and passed two semesters of school.

The Members Assistance Plan is a benefit for IUEC members and their families that cover a variety of issues from weight management, financial planning assistance, smoking cessation, and counseling for a variety of issues.  The phone call is confidential.  Information is available from John at the hall or through the link on the Local 17 website, iueclocal17.org.

Congratulations to Brad Skotko on being sworn in at the October meeting.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brother Chris Boggess who passed away October 7.

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

November ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

At the September meeting, IUEC Organizer Steve Simpson gave an update on organizing efforts in Ohio on Florida-based Oracle Elevator and Davis-Newcomer.  Findlay-based non-signatory Davis-Newcomer has been spotted working in the area mostly on modernizations and is currently the most significant threat in the jurisdiction.  They are slated to be starting a modernization at CMHA Apthorp Tower next year.  This job will be a focus of the Volunteer Organizing Committee.

Organizing efforts have been successful in limiting and reversing Oracle’s growth in Ohio throughout the pandemic.  According to Simpson, Oracle has taken a severe beating and is down to only a handful of field and office personnel in its Ohio offices.  

If you spot or hear of a non-signatory working on a job, call Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org with the information.

The IUEC Local 17 Annual Children’s Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 1 pm a the hall located at 3250 Euclid Avenue.  Children up to and including 12 years old will receive gifts.  Members are asked to bring baked goods to the event.  Beverages will be provided.  Please reply to Entertainment Chairman Brian Chambers no later than December 1, 2022 to allow sufficient time to purchase gifts.

Local 17 will hold mandatory meetings for the nomination, election and installation of officers November 18 and December 9, 2022 and January 13, 2023 at the hall starting at 6 pm.  Those not in attendance without a valid excuse will be fined by the Executive Board.  Please note the normal meeting date of November 11 has been changed to November 18 due to the Veterans Day holiday.

On September 24, Local 17 held its golf outing at Mallard Creek Golf Club in Columbia Station.  The big winner this year was the group led by Brother Rich Kemp along with Brad Skotko, Ricky Kemp, and Jacob Kemp came in at nine under and winning a long putt-off with last years wining group fronted by Brother Rob Hansen.  Kemp and company not only claimed bragging rights for the year but, possession of the Champion’s Green Jacket.  For pictures from this event and others, go the Local’s website, iueclocal17.org. 

In September Business Manager John Driscoll Jr was named a trustee of the International by General President Frank Christensen.  Trustees are responsible for examining the books of the International assuring they conform to all Federal regulations.

Of the 23 apprentices currently enrolled in the NEIEP program, one will be test -eligible at the end of the semester.  The spring semester will see 15 apprentices added to the class rolls raising our total to 37 apprentices, the largest class in decades.

Congratulations to Brother Zach Miller on passing the Mechanics Exam.

Apprentice raises go into effect the first pay period after September 1 provided the apprentice has passed two semesters of NEIEP instruction.  If you have not received your raise or believe there is an error, contact John at the hall.

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

Until next month, 

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

October ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

When I was a helper I would occasionally be sent to work with Ray Bowles at Landmark Office Tower to assist him with two-man maintenance tasks on his 1960’s Otis equipment.  One of those days, I was cleaning governors in a secondary when Ray got a call from the building.  

“Come on, we’re going to take a look at a problem.” he told me as I gratefully hauled myself out of the hole.  We made our way through the building and into one of the machine rooms.  The controllers were the Otis UCLs with dozens of relays all picking and dropping in a particular cadence, a whirling pie-plate selector gave visual reference to what the car was doing in direct relation to the large gearless machine and roaring MG unit supplying the muscle to haul the cars and weights up and down the hatch.  

After a few minutes of watching the car run, Ray pulled the knife switch, took out an orange peeler and flex, cleaned a contact and put the knife back in.  The entire rhythm of the relays changed and Ray looked very pleased.  I stopped him and asked “OK, what exactly did you do?”  He pulled out a set of prints, turned to a page and began to explain how this one dirty contact affected how the rest of the controller worked.  At that point of my career I was not as fluent in relay logic as I am now and only slightly grasped what he told me.  Later on I watched Jerry Reitz do the same on the old Haughton controllers at Renaissance and Mark Carollo tune a valve entirely by ear.  

These were the guys I wanted to be.  The real journey in this trade began. 

After getting elected to this position and later to be the correspondent to the Cleveland Citizen, I contacted Jon Henson at NEIEP and volunteered my services to write for Lift Magazine.  Since then, I am very proud to say, I have been a part of getting good information into the hands of IUEC members who can use it to be better at their jobs or understand a little bit more about the systems they encounter everyday.

In-between issues of Lift I got bored.  When I get bored I get restless and when I get restless I need a project.  I was working with Josh Mitchell at Burke Lakefront Airport installing a soft start on a Taylor hydro.  Over the years I’ve done dozens of soft starts and knew what to look for on an installation.  This time I took my camera and documented the process, wrote captions for each photo, and tied them together in a way that told the story of a soft start installation.  I emailed the package to Jon and waited.  About two months later I got an email from Lester White and in a couple of hours I was a NEIEP instructor and on the other side of the podium.

Through being an officer and fill-in instructor I’ve come to realize just how many different directions a person can go once they are in the trade.  On the inside of this magazine is a list of the officers of the International as well as our associated organizations (NEIEP, CEIEP, EIWPF and Benefits).  Each one of them started their career stacking rails, setting machines, pulling generators and miles upon miles of rope.  At some point they took an opportunity to become active in their Local and advanced to the positions they hold.  My guess is that few of them realized where their career could take them.  

This is a trade full of infinite possibilities.  Make your journey a good one.  

Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

September ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

The Cleveland Building Trades Softball Tournament will be held Labor Day weekend with the first games played Thursday, September 1 at James Day Field next to Tri-C West in Parma.

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing will be held September 24th at Mallard Creek Golf Club,
34500 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station. The cost is $100 per person for the four-man scramble format. Fees must be paid to Entertainment Chairman Brian Chambers by September 1 to his PayPal account, brianchambers.cle@gmail.com.

Congratulations to the twelve apprentices sworn in at the July meeting: Jarrett Adams, Mike Bowles, Jay Carlson, Tom Holian, Adam Klein, Simon Lieb, Mike Piela, Dan Quigley, Eric Schaffran, Luke Schnitler, Brendan Teets and Joe Walters.

As of this month Local 17 has 32 apprentices in the NEIEP program with 24 enrolled in classes and 8 in the New Hire courses. Two apprentices are test eligible. On August 11 there was a mandatory orientation class for all apprentices at the school located at 5145 Engle Road. NEIEP Area Coordinator Jordan Miller attended to answer any questions about the program.

All members should have received an email from John about the practice of blocking open doors for other trades. Local 17 signatories have been informed that “…that under no circumstances will they (members) be… blocking hatch doors open/altering the locking device for hoistway access by other trades while (members) are off site.”

This action comes after another tradesman working in a pit area, was struck by a counterweight from an adjoining hoistway during a mod job. Fortunately, the injury was not life threatening. This prompted the IUEC Safety Committee to take the action. If any members are approached to block doors for another trade, call John at the hall to report the circumstances.

Work is still strong in the area. Schindler is claiming supply chain issues on delivery of parts while Otis is starting several mod and construction jobs soon as well as having a three month backlog of service work. Kone currently has four mod jobs going and 3Phase is keeping four mod crews working while TKElevator has two mod crews working in Akron.

John reported that at the July Tri-State Meeting, the Michigan Elevator Safety Board is requiring that Schindler install the locking bar on the 383 3300 MRL units in the state lacking the device. The locking bar is used to immobilize the car for service to the governor, brakes, machine or other overhead equipment and is part of the safety circuit. This is a required check by Schindlers SAIS inspector in order for the unit to be accepted by maintenance from construction. Schindler has approximately 20,000 such units across the country.

The portability agreement between Locals 17, 45 (Akron) and Gable/3Phase has lapsed with the current contract. The agreement allowed Gable to move workers as needed between the two locals during its duration. As a result, 3Phase has transferred Richard Burton and Jim Rohwer from Akron to Cleveland.

The IRS milage rate has been increased four cents to 62.5 cents per mile for use of personal vehicles during work hours. Milage is charged after your first stop of the day and for any driving done during the day.

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

August ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:


It isn’t very often I come across something that stops me dead in my tracks. This is a story about something that did just that.

The following email was sent June 20, 2022 to Schindler Area North by Territory Vice President Jennifer Bowen. It is reproduced here with permission of Schindler and the technician referenced.

Team, 

Last Thursday night at 5:42pm one of our Cleveland technicians took a call from University Hospital in Cleveland with a very urgent request.  The only elevator that serves Angie’s Garden, a rooftop garden at the hospital, was down.  Unfortunately at the time, there was a family of a child with a terminal illness who wanted to spend their last evening together watching the sunset from the garden.  Understanding the situation, the technician rushed to the hospital and was able to support getting the family up to the roof to spend their last moments together. 

The next morning, our Cleveland team received the following message from the Executive Director of Facilities at University Hospital:

“I would like to recognize (the Schindler technician) for his exceptional service this evening. Car 69 in Horvitz Tower went down after hours. I received a phone call from Palliative Care that they had a family with a terminal child who wanted to spend their last evening together watching the sun set from Angie’s Garden on the rooftop of Horvitz Tower. Car 69 is the only access to the space. After an effort to expedite emergency response, your technician reached out to me and immediately dropped everything and drove from home to resolve the issue. He arrived within 45 minutes and had the car running in less than 10 minutes. I cannot express enough how appreciative I am of his service and empathy for a family at such a difficult time.”

I’d like to take this moment to personally thank our field technician for his effort in supporting our customer last week. I would also thank all of our mechanics and employees who put the same heart and soul into their work every day.  This is a profound reminder of why what we do is so important.   

Jennifer Bowen | VP, Territory Operations  

I immediately knew the grief of the parents wanting one last moment with their child. My thoughts also went to the mechanic who was involuntarily thrust into sharing the deeply personal moment.

The email made me think for a long time about how what we do can make an impact on those we may never meet and how those we do can impact us. It’s possible, with a slight variation in timing, the on-call mechanic would have gone to the job, fixed the problem and never encountered the family. The progression of the child’s final moments could have played out differently and the players, again, never meet.

Instead, the encounter happened and lives were altered.

After September 11 the nation began to honor first responders, a practice which continued strong for 20 years into and through the darkest days of the pandemic. For everyone who went to work on that fateful day it was just Tuesday until history intersected their lives and thrust them into the roles they never asked to play. The world calls them heroes but, to a person, everyone I have ever heard interviewed says they were just doing their job.

They made a difference by doing what they do best, so do we.

Perhaps this email is the thank you to all of us who, knowingly or unknowingly, make a positive impact on the world around us and allow the boundless joy and agonizing sorrow necessary to temper our souls to take place, without our knowledge, by just doing our jobs.

Until next month,
Work safe, work smart and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

July ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

On Friday, May 20, IUEC Local 17 honored its retirees at the annual Retiree’s Dinner at Harry’s Steak House in Independence.  The last dinner was held in 2019.  A large part of the evening was spent catching up on awards for service pins and Gold Cards awarded since the last dinner.  For photos of the event, go to the Local 17 website, iueclocal17.org.

The golf outing originally scheduled for June 11 has been cancelled.  Refunds of greens fees paid are being sent out.  If you have not received your refund, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

At the time of writing Local 17 has 32 apprentices in the NEIEP program with two in their final semester.  Six apprentices are finishing their new hire course.  The apprentices will be split between RC200 and RC700 for the fall semester starting the second week of August.

On the second week of May, the Local 17 JATC was in Providence, Rhode Island at the new NEIEP training center.  Their training was on the apprentice application process.  Some of the conversation also covered possible changes which help younger applicants score better.

NEIEP is in the middle of a total rewrite of the curriculum.  Each RC unit takes approximately two years of effort by a team of constructors and trainers from across the country to complete.  The largest part of the effort is to determine the extent of the rewrite:  whether a simple update is needed or the entire RC needs to be redone.  Photos and graphics illustrating the concepts covered in the courses are the single hardest elements to source as many of the conventions, especially in electrical units, have changed from the original source text.  

For example, NEIEP emphasizes the electron current flow theory (current flows from negative to positive) over the conventional current flow theory (current flows positive to negative) even though the majority of graphics used to explain electrical concepts are pulled from sources where conventional flow is used.  This creates confusion in the mind of the apprentice as they have to first wrestle with the concepts presented in the text and then flip the graphic to meet what the text teaches.  It also makes for some interesting conversations in class as the inconsistencies are pointed out by the students.

In a practical application, the first major to use the electron current flow theory for its prints was Dover in its early solid state units which later progressed into the DMC.  In time each major followed suit until today the conventional flow theory in elevator prints is rarely, if ever, used.  Now that systems being installed today are solid state and CPU oriented with LON, LAN and CAN communication protocols between car, controller and components, the switch to a consistent teaching system across the curriculum and within the different disciplines makes a lot of sense.

With the new contract taking effect this month, the International members are in a good position to benefit for the next five years.  On a practical matter, with all the financial and international upheaval, members need to be smart about their money especially those coming close to retirement.  Live well but within your means will be the mantra for at least the foreseeable future. 

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to Brothers Mike Hogan and retiree Mike Moennich whose mother-in-law Madonna McTaggart passed away May 2.  She is also the mother of former Local 17 President Brian McTaggart.  Condolences also go out to Business Manager John Driscoll Jr whose father-in-law passed away May 1.

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

June ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

For those Local 17 members who have not heard, the IUEC and NEBA reached an agreement on a new five-year contract which was ratified April 1 by the delegates to the International Convention 282-16.

After reading General President Christensen’s and Assistant General President Bender’s articles in the April Constructor, I am reminded of the importance of steady leadership. The steady leadership of Roosevelt and Churchill kept the Allies together during World War II. The steady leadership of Barack Obama guided America out of financial disaster. Everyday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky redefines what it truly means to be a leader.

For this negotiation and the last full contract, the IUEC is fortunate to have steady hands with a clear vision of the future guiding the ship of our International. Their priorities are consistent, predictable and clear: safety, financial security and growth.

It is never expected that both parties to an agreement will be completely pleased with the result. If the International was willing to walk away from the table over the issue of safety written into our new contract, what does that say about their commitment to the issue? What does that say about NEBA’s initial reaction to the proposal of essentially codifying safe work rules and practices? Consistent safe work rules and practices between employers only benefits employees as they now have a common reference point on the subject and the IUEC has a way of holding non-compliant companies accountable for inaction on this vital issue.

There is always more to get and always more to give. Striking the right balance is essential to achieving the long term gains that keep the IUEC the best trade in the trades.

Business Manager John Driscoll Jr and Brothers Bill Lynsky and John Patton attended the 2022 NABTU Convention in Washington DC after the contract acceptance vote. Lynsky and Patton will report on the convention at the May meeting.

Congratulations to Brothers Morgan Armstrong, Dan Koprowski and Jon McCuan for passing the Mechanics Exam. This is the only time in your career you will have an unbiased evaluation of your knowledge of the trade. There are currently three apprentices eligible for the exam.

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing will be held June 11th at Hickory Nut Golf Course, 23601 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station. The format is a four-man scramble with friends and family welcome. Tee times start at 10 am. Food, beverages and prizes are provided.

CMHA awarded the modernization job at Apthorp Towers to non-signatory Findlay based Davis-Newcomer Elevator. Davis previously was awarded an LMHA job in Lorain just prior to the pandemic. Because of Covid lockdowns, the Volunteer Organizing Committee was not able to make a showing for that job. Look for an email from Business Manager John Driscoll Jr on a VOC meeting. If you hear of a building where a non-signatory is working, call John at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Just a reminder that the vacation reporting requirement waived under the MOU by the E-Board during the pandemic is now back in effect. Don’t forget to take and report all your vacation time to the hall in a timely manner.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of honored retiree Dan Wulff who passed away April 6.

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

May ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

All of the applicants for the Local 17 Apprentice list have received their slotting. The Local received over 300 applicants with 200 eligible for the interview. There are currently 24 apprentices in class with one in his final semester. In the fall there will be 25 enrolled in the program with RC200 and RC700 the most likely classes taught. Six apprentices have complete their Mechanics Review and are ready to schedule their tests. Best of luck to all moving forward in the best trade in the trades.

As this is being written, the International delegates are meeting in Washington DC to vote on ratification of the new five-year NEBA agreement. All signs right now point to a prosperous term for the incoming contract with ratification highly likely.

Work has been very good in Cleveland with several large projects kicking off or scheduled to come out of the ground soon. The outlook appears steady with little in the way disruption on the horizon.

Where are they working?

DJ Spring and Deven Shields doing a mod at St. James for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Brendan Teets at Meridian doing a three-car mod for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Matt Dinko at Fairview Hospital doing a three-car mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Justin Swain at Shoreham Apartments doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Shane Huff and Luke Schnitzler doing a mod at Parma Park Apartments for Otis,

Ken Bowles and Kyle Rozenkrantz doing a two-car mod at Marine Towers for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsky and Pat Kelly at VA Wade installing a car for Otis,

Tom Peska and Matt Ramser at Market Square installing for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Joel Reyes in North Olmsted installing a car for Schindler,

Don Yoho and Adam Klein at Waterford Place installing a car for Schindler,

Shawn Yatsko and Brandon Light at Owl’s Nest doing a two-car mod for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Lem Hurd at Berkshire Apartments doing a mod for Schindler,

Gary Thompson and Jason Mays at Lake County Court House doing a mod for Schindler,

Rob Timko and Mike Bowles doing a mod at 55 Public Square Parking Garage for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing at two-car door mod at Vista for Schindler,

Matt Weingart, Lucas Janke, Joe Sumph, Aaron Reed and Mike Bowles doing a mod at UH Main Campus for Schindler,

Dan Varga and Matt Carlton at JoAnn Fabrics in Akron doing a freight car mod for Schindler,

Ryan Todd and Dan Quigley doing a four-car mod at Euclid Beach Villa for Schindler,

Andy Mesko and Jarret Adams at Westfield Insurance in Akron doing a mod for Schindler,

Brian Bond working in Akron for Schindler,

Todd Ross, Drew Williams, Russell Barrows and Scott Franesangeli at 55 Public Square doing a mod for KONE,

Brendan Hyland and Mike Miller Jr doing and escalator mod at Kohl’s Parmatown for KONE,

Joe Gauker, Rob Geilarowski, Mike Carson and Eric Schaffran installing 12 cars at Ahuja for KONE,

Tim Narowitz and Chris Sipos doing a two-car mod at St. John’s for TK,

Anthony Metcalf and Brad Skotko doing a two-car mod at Blair House for TK

Kevin Thomas and Sean Canning doing a mod at Merrill Building for TK,

Mitch Klemp and Brian Owens at CMHA Cedar Extension doing a kid for Gable,

Marc Carollo and Wing Lui at Wynwood Apartments doing a mod for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Tino Chabai doing a mod at St. Augustine’s for Gable,

Chris Trauger and Trevor Rutherford with United Drilling cleaning a 41’ hole at NASA.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families Brother Tom Reitz who passed away January 15 and retirees Don Tretera who passed away January 19, Jim Agnew who passed away January 21 and Phil Steyer who passed away February 21.

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

April ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

In a first for Local 17, the February union meeting normally held in the main hall downstairs was called off to the general membership as the area immediately around the hall was struck with a blackout.  Because the business of the Local still needed to be conducted, the officers met upstairs and held the meeting by flashlight.

Congratulations to Sister Andrea Rodriguez who was sworn in at the meeting as the new Warden and is the first woman to hold an elected Local office.

On Friday, May 20 Local 17 will be honoring its retired members at Harry’s Steak House, 5664 Brecksville Road, Independence.  Drinks at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm.  The cost is $50 at the door for active members with retirees attending for free.  Please get your reply into Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at the hall no latter than May 10.  You can call John at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Where are they working?

DJ Spring and Devon Shields doing a mod at Southpoint Hospital for Otis,

Craig Nolty and Brendan Teets at Meridian doing a three-car mod for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Matt Dinko at Fairview Hospital doing a three-car mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Justin Swain at Shoreham Apartments doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Shane Huff and Luke Schnitzler doing a mod at Parma Park Apartments for Otis,

Ken Bowles and Kyle Rosenkranz doing a two-car mod at Marine Towers for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsky and Nick Ward at the VA Wade Park installing a car for Otis,

Pat Kelly and Carl Turner bouncing between Bay Village Library and Brecksville School installing cars for Otis,

Tom Peska and Matt Ramser at Market Square installing for Schindler,

Joe Simcic and Joel Reyes at 10 Pins Bowling Alley installing a car for Schindler,

Don Yoho and Adam Klein at Lincoln Apartments installing a car for Schindler,

Dion Yatsko and John Smith running two cars at Metro Hospital for Burkshire,

Shawn Yatsko and Brandon Light at Owls Nest doing a two-car mod for Schindler,

Gary Thompson, Felix DeJesus, Lem Hurd and Jason Mays doing a soda t Erieview for Schindler,

Rob Timko and Jason Mays doing a mod at 55 Public Square Parking Garage for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a two-car door mod at Vista for Schindler,

Matt Weingart, Lucas Janke, Aaron Reed and Mike Bowles doing a mod at UH Main Campus or Schindler,

Dan Varga and Matt Carlton at JoAnn Fabrics in Akron doing a freight car mod for Schindler,

Ryan Todd and Dan Quigley doing a four-car mod at Euclid Beach Villa for Schindler,

Brian Bond working in Akron for Schindler,

Dave Gnagy and Jay Carlson at Bentley Park doing a two-car mod for Schindler,

Todd Ross and Scott Francesangeli at 55 Public Square doing a mod for Kone,

Brendan Hyland and Chris Boggess doing an escalator mod at Kohl’s Parmatown for Kone,

Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford doing a two-car mod at St John’s Hospital for Thyssen,

Anthony Metcalf and Brian Owens doing a one-car mod at Blair House for Thyssen,

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

Jason Fredricks and Chris Sipos doing a two-car mod at Addison Tower for Thyssen

Kevin Thomas and Sean Canning doing a mod at Merrill Building for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Brad Skotko at Cedar Extension going a mod for Three-Phase,

Marc Carollo and Wing Lui at Richmond Park Apartments doing a mod for Three-Phase,

Jim Ehrbar and Tino Chabai dong a mod at St Augustine for Three-Phase.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Brother Tom Reitz who passed away January 15, Honored Retiree Don Tretera who passed away January 19 and Honored Retiree Jim Agnew who passed away January 21.

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