Issue 2 volunteers needed

Through the efforts of working men and women across Ohio the initiative to repeal Senate Bill 5 moves to the November 8th ballot as State Issue 2.

The unprecedented petition campaign brought in nearly 1.3 million signatures in total and represented every one of the 88 counties in Ohio.

The fight is not over.  Volunteers are needed to work the phone bank and canvass neighborhoods as part of a massive outreach campaign to educate, identify and turn out voters to repeal SB5 by voting NO on Issue 2.

To get involved contact Business Agent Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088.

Thomas donates Browns home game tickets

Cleveland Browns All-Pro lineman Joe Thomas has once again donated tickets to a Browns home game as a way to give back to the working families of Cleveland that have fallen on hard times.

The tickets are for the 1pm November 13th home game against the St. Louis Rams.  The tickets are to be used by a family of 10 or 10 individuals who are unemployed and have fallen on hard times and may not otherwise be able to enjoy a game.  The tickets come with parking passes, sweatshirts and food vouchers.

For more information please call Business Agent Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088.

USA offering free memberships

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is offering free memberships to members of the IUEC.  The offer will be in the October issue of the Elevator Constructor, the publication of the International Headquarters of the IUEC.

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is a non-partisan community of Union sportsmen and women committed to preserving our outdoor heritage for generations to come.

Through conservation projects and strategic partnerships¸ USA members volunteer their skills and resources to expand and improve hunting and fishing access, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreational opportunities for all to enjoy, now and in the future.

For more information on USA go to their website

Constructors fall in tourney

IUEC Local 17 went 1-2 before being eliminated from the Cleveland Building Trades Softball Tournament.  The team, competing this year in the B flight, were blanked by the Electricians 13-0 in their first round effort.

In the consolation round they took a squeeker from Ironworkers 17 B team 7-5 to advance against the Boilermakers 744 where they lost a tight game 14-12.

Softball tournament time set

The Elevator Constructors Local 17 will start their quest for the  2011 Cleveland Building Trades softball tournament  crown on Thursday, September 1st at 7pm at James Day Field.  They will be competing in the B bracket and if all goes well competing for the championship on Saturday at 2pm.

Click on the link below for the entire bracket with times and dates.

2011 B bracket

Retired Brother Robert Trapp, 91

Retired Brother Robert Trapp passed away.  He was 91.  He was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army-Air Force and retiree of Local 17 and Otis Elevator.  In addition, he was a long time member of the Northeast Yacht Club and recipient of the Key to the City of Mayfield Heights.

Trapp was buried at Knollwood Cemetery on June 1st.  He is survived by his daughter Diane and brother Richard as well as many grand and great-grand children.

Klokey Internment Date Set

Retired brother Carl Klokey will be interned  at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Road, Rittman, Ohio on June 20th at 1:30 pm.

Klokey, 66, passed away at his home on May 5th in Lorain after a sudden illness.  He was a Navy veteran serving from 1963 to 1967.  He worked in the elevator trade until 1987 and retired in 2001.  He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Cheryl, and daughters Tracy, Chrissy and Val.

Second welding class announced

Due to the strong response to the previous welding class put on by NEIEP, a second class has been announced.  The course runs for 40 hours and will lead to a 3G and 4G certification. Classes are run from June 13th through the 17th and June 20th through the 24th from 5:15 to 9:15.  Any IUEC Local 17 member interested in participating must deposit a $500 check to guarantee attendance.  If you are interested, then please contact Business Agent Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or at

2011 Golf Outing Date Set

The 2011 Local 17 Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, June 11 at Mallard Creek Golf Course, 34500 East Royalton Road, Columbia Station.  The outing will start at 9 am and the cost will be $90 per person.  Of course, there will be food and drink at the turn and at the end of the day dinner and door prizes.  To reserve your spot, call Mike Hogan at 440-427-0004 or you can email him at