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

2022 IUEC Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner: Old Friends and New Faces Three Years in the Making

There are three phases to a career: listening to stories told about others, telling stories about others and having stories told about you. All of these were in full force as the retired and active members of IUEC Local 17 gathered at Harry’s Steak House in Independence for the first time in three years.

The following photos show a group of members, family by blood, marriage, and friendship laughing, talking, gathering and mourning those who we will see later, much later.

Enjoy.

May ’22 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

Business Manager John Driscoll Jr and Brothers Bill Lynsky, Tim Narowitz and John Patton attended the IUEC contract ratification vote the last week of March. The new five-year deal gives percentage raises in pay and benefits through the term and, more importantly to the Labor Committee, a new Article 28 codifying safety in the contract.

According to General President Frank Christensen, the Committee walked out of the negotiations when NEBA, the organization representing the major elevator contractors, balked at including the provision in the contract. NEBA ultimately accepted the new Article into the contract.

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. Cost is $100 per person with food, beverages and prizes provided. To secure your foursome send a check made payable to Entertainment Chairman Brian Chambers to the hall at 3250 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115. You can also pay through Brian’s PayPal account at brianchambers.cle@gmail.com.

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 the hall no latter than May 10. 

CMHA awarded the modernization job at Apthorp Towers to non-signatory Findlay based Davis-Newcomer Elevator. Davis previously was awarded a job at an LMHA 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 John 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. A list of signatory companies is at the end of this article and listed on the Local’s website, iueclocal17.org.

The vacation reporting requirement waived under the Memorandum of Understanding 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 IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Honored Brother Dan Wulff who passed away April 6.

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

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 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

On April 1, the IUEC formalized its new five-year agreement with the National Elevator Bargaining Association (NEBA) who represents signatory contractors.  The current contract runs through July 8, 2022 after which the new agreement takes force.

Final Interviews for the IUEC Local 17 new hire list were completed March 24 and all applicants have all been notified of their slot on the list.

Six of our current apprentices have completed their program and Mechanics Review  course and are eligible for the Mechanics Exam.  Their eligibility runs through June 6.  The test is administered by Prometrics for the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP).  There is currently one apprentice in his final semester.

The Fall semester will see 25 apprentices enrolled in either RC200 or RC700.

Schindler currently has the majority of the work in Local 17.  KONE has picked up work and started the new Ahuja job.  TK is holding steady while Otis laid off a mechanic.

The Local Executive Board has sent letters to those who did not report vacation hours for 2021.  The Board waived the reporting obligation for 2020 due to the pandemic and many of its members working reduced hours but not for 2021.  If you have received a letter to report your hours to the Executive Board, a print out of your vacation hours needs to be obtained from your company and submitted to the Board.  

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.

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

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

IUEC Local 17 2022 Golf Outing

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing will be held Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Hickory Nut Golf Course, 23601 Royalton Road, Columbia Station. The outing is a four-man scramble format with friends and family invited. Tee Times start at 10:00 AM. The cost is $100 each which includes golf, dinner, refreshments and prizes.

For more information contact Entertainment Brian Chambers at 216-272-3636. To pay for yourself or your guests, enter Brian’s email, brianchanbers.cle@gmail.com, or write a check made out to Brian and send it to the hall at 3250 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115 to make your reservations.

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

IUEC Local 17 Announces Return of Retiree’s Dinner

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.

Two Years in the Making: IUEC Local 17 at the 2022 Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a tradition like no other. The only other day which holds so much meaning for the city is opening day of the baseball season. Since the baseball lockout has pushed opening day to April 15th for the newly minted Cleveland Guardians, the usual two weeks between events is now four and again, so much promise moving forward.

The images in the gallery below are only a small sliver of the joy March 17th brings every year. As you look through and see familiar faces and some new keep in mind that this is only a small representation of the family we know as IUEC Local 17.

Where to find IUEC Local 17 at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Elevator Constructors Local 17 will be marching in this years St. Patrick’s Day Parade, friends and family are all welcome.

We are in Division 1 of the parade and will be stepping off as one of the early groups. Look for the truck on the north (sunny) side of Superior Avenue between East 18th and East 19th Streets in front of the former Plain Dealer building.

We need to be ready to march at 12:30pm and the parade is set to kick off at 1:04pm .