Amazon Purchases Help Support Charities

For those of you who wish to do some good when shopping online, Amazon offers a way to make a donation to the charity or organization of your choice with every purchase made on the Amazon site.

The program is called Amazon Smile and takes only a few minutes to sign up.

Log into or create an Amazon account then search Amazon Smile.  When prompted, add your information and select the group or charity you wish to receive a small portion of your Amazon purchases.

One possible recipient is the Elevator Museum, Inc. in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  The museum is dedicated to preserving historical items related to elevator history.  You can follow this link to their website for more information.

February ’22 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

The application process for the IUEC Local 17 Apprenticeship Program closed at midnight January 31.  As of the publication date, everyone who completed the application process will have received notice of when to appear for the aptitude test later this month and then in March the oral interview in front of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.  Good luck to all those who applied to be a part of the best local in the best trade in the trades.

There are currently ten mechanics taking the starter class being taught by John Taylor.  If there is enough interest, John will roll into the AC motor class following the starter class.  The starter class runs for five weeks and the AC motor class for four.  

If you are interested in any continuing educational opportunities, log into the NEIEP website at neiep.org to access any of the virtual classes offered.  If there is a particular class you would be interested in seeing offered in person, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Just a reminder that if you are to be on a job lasting more than two days, had a child, change in dependents or marital status notify John at the hall.

With the omicron variant of Covid increasing potential infections, the Executive Board may cancel in-person member meetings at the hall in favor of returning to the officer meetings held during the height of the pandemic.  Watch your email inbox and the Local website, iueclocal17.org, for updates.

The Entertainment Committee reported that the Retiree’s Dinner is tentatively scheduled for May 20th.  This may change depending on the Covid situation leading up to the date.  Again, watch your email and the Local website for updates.

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

February ’22 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

The Ohio Elevator Licensing Bill was scheduled for a mid-January hearing in front of the General Government Budget Committee.  The Bill, once passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, sets up licensing requirements for everyone working on elevators and escalators similar to existing requirements for other trades and professions regulated by the state.

This is the final year of the contract between the IUEC and NEBA signatory companies.  It is expected contract talks will begin in February on a new five-year deal.  Even though   

work in Cleveland has been exceptionally good with all companies sharing in the wealth, that does not mean that this is the same situation in all parts of the International.    

As with previous contracts, being prepared as an individual for any possibility enhances your chances of staying afloat in the event of a work stoppage.  Looking at where you spend your money (dining out, subscription services you no longer use, tool shopping, etc) can give you a better picture of your overall finances than most other indicators.  It’s a new year, evaluate wisely.

Schindler remains the company with the most work locally and has been awarded the Sherwin Williams corporate headquarters job to go up on Public Square.  Otis, Kone, and Gable/Three Phase have a lot of work scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.  TK Elevators is keeping several modernization teams working into the new year.

As this issue reaches your mailbox, the application process for the apprenticeship program will be closed out.  All applicants should receive a notice of dates and times for taking the written exam as well as their interview with the JATC. Tentative dates for the aptitude test are February 14-18 and the interviews March 21-25.  Good luck to all our future Brothers and Sisters.

All of the new apprentices (those who have entered the trade in the last year and have not been enrolled in a class) should have received a laptop from NEIEP for use during their classes.  All students can download the material from the NEIEP website onto a personal laptop to use as a backup.

John Taylor will be teaching the AC motors class and the motor and starter class.  If you are interested in this continuing education opportunity, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

Covid-19 has kept it’s hold on the world into the new year with the Omicron variant appearing around Thanksgiving 2021.  This has been an almost two year long exhausting battle with a microscopic enemy that has caused division among communities, isolated billions and sowed confusion as different organizations gave conflicting information as to the best course of action.  At this point the only people alive who have not been exposed in some way to one of the variants are those situated in similar circumstance to the cast and crew of TV’s “Alone” or “Mountain Men.”

What happens in two years time when we are talking about the Omega variant?  What will be considered “fully vaccinated?”  How many boosters are enough or too many?  What about masking and distancing?  Are they to be considered the new normal?  The science around this has advanced as quick as the virus along with the paranoia of every person on the planet having to become a virologist.  

When facing the total destruction of England by the advancing Nazis during the Blitz, Sir Winston Churchill spoke regularly to the citizens of his battered island nation with many quotable moments.  One that resonates in this time is his assurance that the best the way for England, and the world, to survive is to “keep calm and carry on.”

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

January ’22 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

All apprentices need to be in attendance on Wednesday, January 19 at 5 pm at the school on Engle Road for the semester orientation with new Area Coordinator Jordan Miller. Tim Narowitz will be teaching RC 300 on Wednesday and Jerry Reitz will be teaching RC 100 on Monday and Tuesday. The first half of the alphabet will be in Monday’s class and the second half on Tuesday.

Apprentices who have not yet received a computer from NEIEP need to contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org. The laptops are the apprentices to use during their schooling and their responsibility in the event of damage or loss.

IUEC Local 17 opened its recruitment from January 1 through January 31, 2022 at 23:59 hours. All interested applicants must apply through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program website, neiep.org, go to the bottom of the home page and click on the appropriate links to begin the process. Tentative dates for the aptitude test are February 14-18 and interviews with the JATC on March 21-25. Good luck to all our future Constructor Brothers and Sisters.

John Taylor will be teaching the AC motor class as well as the motor/starter class. If you have ever had questions about AC motors, starters or soft starts, this is the class to take. Interested members can contact John at the hall at the contact information above.

Work in Cleveland for Local 17 has been very strong with all companies reporting a backlog of work. Otis, Kone and Gable/Three Phase have a lot of work starting in the first quarter of 2022 and TK is keeping several modernization teams working. Schindler has been awarded the Sherwin Williams corporate headquarters building set to go up on Public Square.

The International will begin negotiations on our new five-year contract with the NEBA signatory companies in February. Although wages are always a sticking point, the major issues identified at the convention in September centered around working conditions, safety and jurisdictional protection. With this in mind, it is a good time for all members to reevaluate their personal financial situation in the unlikely event of a work stoppage.

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

January ’22 Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

Happy New Year to the International community and the families of Local 17. To say the past two years have been a challenge is an understatement. Local 17 has been working continuously since the pandemic was declared in March 2020 with no let up in sight.

The rumor as of writing is that Schindler has been awarded the Sherwin-Williams HQ project on Public Square. The plan is for between 18 and 28 elevators in a 38 floor building. Otis and TK have mostly mods on their books, Gable has about a dozen mod and construction jobs planned while KONE has three good size jobs at Van Aken, Circle Square and Ahuja. This is a very fortunate circumstance as many localities shut down for significant times costing members valuable pay and pension hours.

We have also seen face masks and hand sanitizer become company issued PPE and the controversies over mandatory vaccinations and vaccination status become a political wedge to divide a nation. It’s sad. Using the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world as a political bludgeon to advance a divisive ideology is, in my mind, criminal and those advancing these issues are not the patriots they present themselves as.

Let’s pray that in 2022 cooler heads calm this fiery discourse.

Spring Semester starts the week of January 17th. There will be 14 apprentices in RC100 and eleven in RC400 with one apprentice doing RC200 on home study. The likely date for an orientation class will be Wednesday, January 19 with our new Area Coordinator Jordan Miller.

If everyone passes their classes as scheduled, Local 17 will have six test-eligible apprentices after the Fall semester. Good luck to those ready to take their next step in the trade.

Ross Elevator was bought out by KONE and owner Jim Ross retired along with mechanic Doug LaFontaine. Gable Elevator was bought out by Canton, Mass-based 3Phase Elevator. 3Phase has operations in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Florida. This will be their farthest western office.

At the November meeting, the Local 17 delegates to the 32nd General Convention gave reports on the committees with which they were involved. John Patton sat on the Constitution and By-Law Committee, Bill Lynsky was on the Resolutions Committee, Tim Narowitz was on the Health Committee and John Driscoll Jr was on the Pension Committee. Of the hundreds of resolutions discussed by the different committees, 20 passed on the floor covering safety topics. Thirteen need to go to the bargaining table because they deal with issues in the Collective Bargaining Agreement and seven were integrated into the International Constitution and By-Laws on November 1.

On November 6th Brother and Sister Ernie and Andrea Rodriguez held a fundraiser at Herman’s Pub in Brunswick for Andrea’s daughter, Grace Shank, who was diagnosed in August with brain cancer. Grace was living in Madison, Wisconsin at the time of her diagnosis and successful surgery. According to Andrea, prior to her becoming ill Grace was an active young lady who, among other interests, rode motorcycles with a group from IUEC Local 132 (Madison, WI) as well as playing multiple string instruments. The money raised will go to offsetting living expenses not covered by the IUEC health benefits.

The January meeting will be a mandatory meeting for the installation of officers. Those not in attendance will be fined accordingly.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of Honored Retiree Jim Koberling who passed away and Brother Bill Dudas who lost his sister.

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

Welding Class Signup Begins

IUEC Local 17 Business Manager John Driscoll Jr is working with NEIEP Area Coordinator Jordan Miller to schedule a welding course at Lincoln Electric starting in January. It looks like there will be room for 20 students. Both mechanics and apprentices are welcome to take the course.

Students must complete the CEO 19 SMAW course on the NEIEP website first, it is currently available to all those interested.

Once you log in to the NEIEP website go under the “training” tab and click the “online training and licensing.” When that opens up, on the left hand side of the page is a “welding training” tab, click that and follow the instructions to complete the welding preparation course. 

For more information on the course or to signup, contact Business Manager John Driscoll jr at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

December ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

Apprentice pay raises were effective with the first paycheck in September.  Several signatories have been having issues with making a correct payout for hours worked.  At the October meeting, Business Manager John Driscoll Jr said that if these issues continue he will instruct our members to go to the office and wait for their checks.  If you have any issues with your check contact John at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

The August issue of the Cleveland Labor-Citizen featured an article on Local 17’s new classroom facility on Engle Road.  There is also the article for the October issue of the Elevator Constructor, with photos, available on the local’s website, iueclocal17.org.

The December 10, 2021 and January 14, 2022 meeting are mandatory called meeting for the election and installation of officers.  Fines will be assessed for non-attendance.

Where are they working?

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

Craig Nolty and Brendan Teets in Painesville installing one car for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Matt Dinko at Ridge Tool doing a two-car mod for Otis,

John Logue and Pat Pollock at Shoreham Apartments doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot working Akron on a mod at AMHA for Otis,

Ken Bowles and Shane Huff at Mercy Hospital doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsky and an Akron apprentice at Lordstown Battery installing a freight for Otis,

Pat Kelly and Carl Turner at Westwood in Elyria installing one car for Otis,

Tom Peska, Ernie Rodriguez, Andie Rodriguez, Joel Reyes, Matt Ramser and Adam Klein installing six 11-stop 5500’s at Market Square for Schindler,

Bob Myer, Chris Boggess and two Houston mechanics installing cars at Metro Hospital for Schindler,

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

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

Gary Thompson and Jason Mays doing a mod at Erieview for Schindler,

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

Matt Carlton and Rob Timko doing a mod at CSU for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing door mods at Akron General Hospital for Schindler,

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

Joe Sumph, Dan Varga, Andy Mesko, Tom Holian, Jarrett Adams and Tristan Coughlin doing a mod at Forest Hills for Schindler,

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

Joe Simcic and Don Yoho at Bendix in Avon adjusting three cars for Schindler,

Brian Bond and Tito Mike doing a two-car mod at Euclid Hill Villa for Schindler,

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

Todd Ross, James Hirz, Drew Williams and Russell Barrow at 55 Public Square doing a mod for Kone,

Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford doing a one-car mod at Acacia-on-the-Green for TK,

Anthony Metcalf and Brian Owens doing a one-car mod at 75 Public Square for TK,

Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a one-car mod at Slovene Home for TK,

Jason Fredrick and Chris Sipos doing a mod at Case 49 Building for TK,

Chris Scholle and Jason Saunders installing a car at Box Storage in Columbus for TK,

Kevin Thomas and Sean Canning installing a car at Berkshire School for TK,

Scott Hicks, Marc Carollo, Wing Lui and Brad Skotko at K&L buildings across from NASA doing a mod for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Tino Chabai doing a two-car mod at 11811 Shaker Blvd for Gable.

The Brothers and Sister of Local 17 send their condolences to retiree Dennis Dixon whose wife and mother both passed from complications of Covid-19.

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

November ’21 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

There are 33 apprentices currently enrolled in the program with six in their final semester. Spring semester will consist of RC100 and RC400.

All apprentices are reminded to post their JATC hours once a week to avoid an appearance in front of the board.

The first of two apprentice makeup classes is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9th from 5 to 9 at the school on Engle Road. A second makeup class will be scheduled later in the semester for those requiring an additional class.

Apprentice pay raises went into effect in September. Several signatories have had problems in issuing correct paychecks to apprentices. If you have ongoing issues, contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org. Also, if problems continue, John said he will instruct members to go to the shop and wait for their checks.

Congratulations to Brothers Brandyn Alley, James Hirz and Deven Shields on passing their Mechanics Exam. Remember that this is the only unbiased evaluation of your knowledge as an elevator constructor you will have.

The November 12, December 10, 2021 and January 14, 2022 are special called mandatory meetings for the nomination, election and installation of officers. Those not in attendance will be fined in accordance with the Local by-laws.

At the October meeting, John reported that 20 resolutions regarding safety issues were passed at the 32nd General Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada the last week of September. Of those 20, seven are applicable to the International Constitution and By-laws and went into effect on November 1, thirty days after the convention. The remaining 13 are items which need to be negotiated into the contract.

IUEC Local 17 currently has a strong work situation with all companies reporting a healthy backlog of work. Columbus (Local 37) reported that companies working in its territory have a two-year backlog of work and the Local just put on 15 probationaries.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to retired Brother Dennis Dixon and his family on the loss of his wife and mother-in-law to complications of Covid-19.

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

November ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

There is a lot to report…

Local 17 is fully moved into its new school building and waiting on white boards, projection screens and a new printer. At the orientation meeting, Matt Jaworski for the Cleveland Labor-Citizen, the oldest labor newspaper in the country, cover the event. Photos and the article are available in the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades blog at cbctc.org/blog as well as a separate article on the Local 17 website iueclocal17.org.

Congratulations to Brother Jason Tischler on passing the Mechanics Exam. Remember that this is the only unbiased evaluation of your knowledge as an elevator mechanic you will ever have in your career.

The November 12 and December 10, 2021 and January 14, 2022 are mandatory special called meetings for the nomination, election and installation of officers. Those not in attendance are subject to fines.

Where are they working?

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

Craig Nolty and Brendan Teets at Lubrizol 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 the Cleveland Clinic main campus doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot working in Akron doing a mod for Otis,

Ken Bowles and Shane Huff at Mercy Hospital doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsky, Pat Kelly and two Akron apprentices at the Lordstown Battery plant installing a freight car for Otis,

Tom Peska, Ernie Rodriguez, Andie Rodriguez and Matt Ramser installing sis 11-stop 5500’s at Market Square for Schindler,

Bob Meyer, Chris Boggess and two Houston mechanics installing 14 cars at Metro General Hospital for Schindler,

Dion yatsko and John Smith running two cars at Metro for Berkshire Construction,

Gary Thompson and Jason Mays doing a mod at Erieview for Schindler,

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

Matt Carlson and Rob Timko doing a traction mod at CSU for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a door mod at Fenn Tower for Schindler,

Matt Weingart and Aaron Reed at Skylight Office Tower doing a mod for Schindler,

Joe Sumph, Dan Varga, Andy Mesko, Tom Holian, Jarret Adams and Tristan Coughlin doing a mod at Forest Hills for Schindler,

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

Joe Simcic and Don Yoho at Bendix in Avon adjusting three cars for Schindler,

Lucas Janke and Mike Bowles doing a mod at UH for Schindler,

Brian Bond and Tito Mike doing a two-car mod at Euclid Hill Villa for Schindler,

Dave Gnagy and Jay Carlson st Bentley Park doing a two-car md for Schindler,

Bill Sellers and Joe Walter replacing hoist machines at Pine Ridge for Schindler,

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

Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford doing a one-car mod at Acacia for Thyssen,

Bill Dudas and Andrew Daniels doing a one-car mod at Slovene Home for Thyssen,

Anthony Metcalf and Brian Owens doing a mod at 75 Public Square for Thyssen,

Jason Fredrick and Chris Sipos doing a mod at Case 49 Building for Thyssen,

Chris Scholle and Jason Saunders installing one car at John Carroll for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Sean Canning installing a freight car at 75 Public Square for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Tino Chabai at the Center for patrol Care installing one car for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a two-car mod at 11811 Shaker Blvd. for Gable.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the families of retired Brother John Sopochak who passed away in September and retired Brother Dave Zepeda whose wife passed away in July.

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