Brothers and Sisters:
The Spring semester started the last week of January and will run for the next 18 weeks through June. Those apprentices enrolled in RC500 will be doing a Practical Exam which is part of your Mechanics Exam score. Treat the Practical with the same seriousness you would your Exam.
The welding class started February 2 and will run on Thursdays for 10 weeks at the headquarters of Lincoln Electric. The probationaries and apprentices in the welding class will be in school two days per week for the first ten weeks of the semester.
As part of the new contract, mechanics passing the Exam after July 9, 2022 must complete eight hours of Continuing Education credits through NEIEP every year in order to receive their January 1 raise. Any mechanic taking the education will be paid eight hours through NEIEP after completion. This includes any grandfathered mechanic. The portal is on the NEIEP homepage, neiep.org.
Governor Mike DeWine signed the bill making elevator licensing in Ohio a reality. This has been a multisession effort by signatory companies and the International to make this a reality. The nine-member Elevator Safety Review Board will be appointed by the Governor and is about nine months from taking effect. This places elevator constructors on the same level as other trades and professionals in the eyes of the State.
Local 17 members will be able to pay second quarter dues by credit card through Unionly, a payment processor. There will be a 4 percent surcharge on top of your dues payment to use the service. Dues will still be payable through traditional methods. Expect more information on the Locals website, iueclocal17.org, as the service rolls out.
Payroll still is an issue with the major companies. 12 Otis employees did not get their January 1 raise. The issue was apparently resolved and the employees made whole.
Business Manager John Driscoll Jr has advised members who do not receive their pay on time to contact him so each instance can be resolved in a timely and appropriate manner. This has happened a few times over the past year and the member has been paid every time. If you have any questions about your pay contact John at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.
The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the families of retired Brother Carl Metzger and City of Cleveland Inspector Andy Valek.
As of this writing there are three mechanics and one assistant mechanic on the bench.