IUEC Local 17 Opens New Training Center

On August 9th, IUEC Local 17 opened its new training center in Brook Park across from the Ford plant on Engle Road with an apprentice orientation.  

The center, which is four times larger can the previous classroom space on Superior Avenue, features a two classrooms upstairs, two downstairs, two restrooms and multiple storage options for labs and materials was a project 15 months in the making.

In May of 2020 the Joint Apprenticeship Committee was informed that the building housing the classroom space being rented on Superior and 26th was sold and would be turned into apartments.  After many months of searching downtown Cleveland options, Business Manager John Driscoll, Jr. working with a real estate agent, found the building on Engle Road.   

Once the lease was signed, it took several months of work to refurbish the former credit union building into the training center.  “We are very excited to be in the building” Driscoll said.

“This building is a major upgrade from our Superior location” said NEIEP Area Coordinator Wally Wuelling.  Everyone is happy we are back in the classroom.”

This was the first event in the building because the Covid-19 outbreak kept instruction online for all of last year.  

August ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

On June 12, Local 17 held its golf outing at Hickory Nut Golf Course in Columbia Station.  This is the only event we were able to hold last year due to Covid and the first this year given the relaxation of restrictions due to the pandemic.  Taking home the Green Jacket is the team of Brother Rob Hansen and his son Robbie, Brother Mike Wickham and Chris Peterson who carded a 12-under par 60 for the 18-hole event.

For more photos of the event go to the Local 17’s website, iueclocal17.org.

After the Spring semester finals, Brothers Brandyn Alley, James Hirz, Deven Shields and Jason Tischler are eligible to take the mechanics exam.  Congratulations and good luck in the home stretch.

Apprentices will be back in the classroom again August 9th for an orientation meeting with NEIEP Area Coordinator Wally Wuelling in our new classroom building at 5145 Engle Road in Brookpark.  Apprentices will be taking 100 and 300 classes as well as having the opportunity to take the 500 Pipe and Wire Lab and the Hydraulic Controller Lab.  These are not mandatory but highly encouraged.

The work situation in Cleveland is strong.  Within the previous two months, Schindler picked up at least eight probationary apprentices.  The company currently has the lion’s share of the work but other signatory companies are picking up as well.

As of right now, Local 17 recruitment will be held after the first of the year.  Please watch this space as well as the Local’s website for updates and links as they become available.

The Elevator Licensing Bill (HB 107) passed the Ohio House 81-9 and is currently sitting in the Senate awaiting a vote.  The Bill as introduced, would establish licensing requirements for elevator constructors in Ohio.  This puts constructors on par with other skilled trades, medical and dental professionals as well as other licensed professionals doing business in the state.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brother Kevin Driscoll whose father passed away.

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  

July ’21 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

On August 9th IUEC Local 17 will be holding the first apprentice class in its new classroom building at  5145 Engle Road in Brookpark.  NEIEP Area Coordinator Wally Wuelling will be attending for an orientation session with the instructors and apprentices to answer any questions about the program.  

Apprentices will be split between 100 and 300 and have the option of completing the Pipe and Wire Lab as well as the Hydraulic Controller Lab.  These labs are optional but encouraged.

Brothers Brandyn Alley, James Hirz, Deven Shields and Jason Tischler passed their last finals and are eligible for the mechanics exam.  Good luck to these Brothers as they come into the home stretch of the apprenticeship program.

The Elevator Licensing Bill (HB 107) has passed the Ohio House.  The measure passed the House with a 81-9 vote and was introduced in the Senate on June 28 where it awaits debate and a vote.  The Bill spells out licensing requirements for people working on elevators, escalators and other conveyances and puts the constructors on par with other trades and professions within the state.

Work is still strong in Cleveland as Schindler hired eight probationary apprentices in the last month.  They still hold the lion’s share of the market but work at the other companies is on the upswing.  

For those wishing to enter the elevator trade, IUEC Local 45 (Akron) is currently holding their apprentice recruitment.  The application process begins with a visit to the National Elevator Industry Educational Program’s website, neiep.org, and a click on the recruitment tab.  this will take the applicant to the page with all the information on registering for the process.  The Akron recruitment drive runs through July 23.

Local 17 is expecting to open the application process after the first of the year.  Watch this space and the Local’s website, iueclocal17.org for more information.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brother Kevin Driscoll on the passing of his father.

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

July ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters,

Many months ago I encouraged readers of this space to take the time during the pandemic to evaluate their perspective on life looking forward rather than backward.  As we move to the end of this period of reflection, what have you learned?  Have you learned a new skill, made a new Zoom friend or taken up a hobby?  What about your relationships?  Are they better for this time or are some fractured?  

Once again this is a time to see where you stand.  What changes has this time of reflection made in your perspective on all facets of life and relationships.  What changes will you maintain and what will you jettison?

Moving forward is never easy, remaining static is a poor option.  The future favors the bold.

NEIEP has announced that apprentice training classes will resume in-person instruction for the Fall semester starting in August.  This is the first time since March of 2020 and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that face-to-face teaching will take place.  In response, this has given Local 17 the time to complete the renovation of our new school building on Engle Road across from the Ford plant.  Plans are to have the building ready for the start of classes.

Congratulations to Brothers Sean Canning, Brian Chambers, Shane Huff, Cory Ptak, Brian Seither and Rob Timko on passing the Mechanics Exam.  This is the only unbiased evaluation of your knowledge of the trade you will ever have.  Make the most of your time in the trade to make things better for you having been here.  Another large thank you to Rick Myers for assisting the new mechanics in their review of the material.  

There are four test-eligible apprentices and 18 in the program.  The plan is to have those apprentices in 100 and 300 classes.

Where are they working…

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

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Eastland Heights installing a car for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Matt Dinko at the Carlyle in Lakewood doing a three-car mod for Otis,

John Logue and Pat Pollock at CFC Main Campus doing a two-car mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Ken Bowles working in Akron on AMHA modernization jobs,

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

Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser, Ernie Rodriguez, Joel Reyes, Chris Boggess and four Houston mechanics installing 14 cars at MetroHealth for Schindler,

Gary Thompson, Dan Varga, Rob Timko and Andy Mesko doing a mod at Erieview for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a mod at Terrace Towers for Schindler,

Matt Carlton and Dave Gnagy doing a three-car mod at CSU for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a door mod at UH Main Campus for Schindler,

Matt Wiegart, Lucas Janke, Shawn Yatsko, and Brandon Light at Skylight Office Tower doing a mod for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Brian Bond doing a mod at Euclid Hill Villa for Schindler,

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

Joe Simcic and Jay Schaffer at Brooks Bio installing one car for Schindler,

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

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong installing one car at Cedar Road Parking Garage for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at CMHA Stokes for Thyssen,

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

Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford At Baldwin House in Berea doing a two-car mod for Thyssen,

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

Chris Scholle and Brian Owens doing a one-car mod at 75 Public Square for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Sebastian Ricco installing a freight car at 75 Public Square for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Marc Carollo at J&M Advisors doing a mod for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at Citiview Nursing for Gable. 

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Pat Zubal whose father passed away.

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

2021 IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing was held June 12 at Hickory Nut Golf Course in Columbia Station. As always, the day was filled with fun, camaraderie along with a healthy dose of relief. In 2020, the Local hosted the event which proved to be the only one on our entertainment calendar and the Brothers and their guests were eager to tee it up.

Brother Rob Hansen accepts the green jacket from former Outing Champion Ron Wolff.  Hansen along with his son Robbie, Brother Mike Wickham and Chris Peterson took the trophy with a 12-under par 60 for the round.

June ’21 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

All of IUEC Local 17’s test eligible apprentices passed their Mechanics Exam.  Congratulations to Sean Canning, Brian Chambers, Shane Huff, Cory Ptak, Brian Seither, Rob Timko and Dion Yatsko. This is the only unbiased evaluation of your knowledge of the trade you will ever have.  Make the most of the rest of your careers!

NEIEP also announced that the apprentice list will not be opened for at least the next year.  Area Coordinator Wally Wuelling indicated that Locals with the oldest lists would be updated first.  This means Akron (Local 45) will be opening up soon. 

On April 28, the International in cooperation with its signatory companies, conducted a Safety Stand Down with the idea of refocusing member and employer attention on the essential work of safety in the trade.  General president Frank Christensen as well as the heads of all the majors contributed to the effort with words of encouragement to members across the union.

NEIEP announced that apprentice classes will be returning to face-to-face instruction for Fall Semester 2021.  More information is available on the NEIEP website, neiep.org, or through Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at the hall.  You can contact John at 216-431-8088 or email him at JEDriscoll@iueclocal17.org.

The work on the new school is moving along with NEIEP approving the purchase of new desks, chairs and dry erase boards for the classrooms.

The 32nd IUEC General Convention will be an in-person event rescheduled for September 27 through October 1, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The change was approved by the Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh.

The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the family of Brother Pat Zubal whose father passed away.

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

June ’21 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

There is a lot going on so I’ll get right to it:

As reported last month, there was a joint safety committee meeting held via Zoom with the International, Local and company supervisors.  There was a moment of silence for the most recent on-the-job fatalities.  IUEC Safety Director Mike Langer went over the accidents and explained the causes determined from the investigations. The video of the Memorial Wall was shown as well as a roundtable discussion of close-call reporting.  All went well and another is being scheduled for June.

Congratulations to Rob Timko, Brian Seither and Cory Ptak for passing the Mechanics Exam.  Currently there are four other eligible apprentices waiting to take the test.

NEIEP has not officially announced we will have in-person classes for the fall, although it is looking more likely as time goes on.  If everyone passes their current classes, there will be 18 apprentices in the NEIEP program in the fall.

Area Coordinator Wally Wuelling has informed Local 17 that he has to hold recruitments for locals whose lists are the oldest first.  This means pushing Local 17’s recruitment out possibly another year.  

There has been a run of Covid and Covid-related infections and quarantines.  As of this writing we have eight members affected.

Where are they working?

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

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski at Eastland Heights 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 Fairview Village Apartments doing a mod for Otis,

Matt Pinchot and Ken Bowles are working in Akron on AMHA mod jobs for Otis,

Jerry Szmerekovsy, Pat Kelly and two Akron apprentices in Lordstown installing a freight for Otis,

Bob Meyer, Dion Yatsko, Matt Ramser, Ernie Rodriguez, Joel Reyes, Chris Boggess and four Houston mechanics installing 14 cars at Metro General Hospital for Schindler,

Gary Thompson, Dan Varga, Rob Timko and Andy Mesko doing a mod at Erieview for Schindler,

Felix DeJesus and Jason Mays doing a mod at Terrace Towers for Schindler,

Matt Carlton and Dave Gnagy doing a three-car mod at CSU for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Ric Supinski doing a door mod at UH main campus for Schindler,

Matt Wiegart, Lucas Janke, Shawn Yatsko and Brandon Light at Skylight Office Tower doing a mod for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Lem Hurd doing a mod at Euclid Hill Villa for Schindler,

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

Joe Simcic and Jay Schafer at Brooks Bio installing one car for Schindler,

Don Yoho and Andrea Rodriguez installing one car at Larchmere Apartments for Schindler,

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

Todd Ross and Morgan Armstrong installing one car at Cedar Road Parking Garage for Kone,

Anthony Metcalf and Sean Canning doing a mod at CMHA Stokes for Thyssen,

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

Tim Narowitz and Dave Ford at Baldwin House in Berea doing a two-car mod for Thyssen,

Jason Frederick and Chris Sipos doing a mod at Orangewood Place for Thyssen,

Chris Scholle and Brian Owens installing one car at Fribley Hall at Case for Thyssen,

Kevin Thomas and Sebastian Ricco working in Indiana for Thyssen,

Scott Hicks and Kyle Meyer tearing out and installing four cars at K&L Buildings by NASA for Gable,

Jim Ehrbar and Wing Lui doing a mod at Cityview Nursing for Gable.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of retired Brother Tom Carey who passed away.

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don

DKnapik@windstream.net

NEIEP Announces Return to In Classroom Training

With a good portion of the country moving to some form of normalcy, it is time to safely return to the NEIEP classroom. The increasing number of COVID vaccines in the country is making people feel safer, and the protocol that we have been living with for over a year now has proven to be effective. As a result, NEIEP will be returning students and instructors to in-person classes for the fall semester beginning the week of August 9, 2021.

Going back safely to the classroom is the responsibility of all of us. Just like working safely on the job, looking out for yourself and those around you, each of us has a role to play to keep us all healthy. We ask every one of our trainees to help with prevention efforts while at the classroom site. NEIEP instructors must always set a good example by following applicable safety protocols.

The CDC has recently lifted the mask mandate for people who are “fully vaccinated,” which means that two weeks have passed since they received either a single-shot vaccine or the second dose of a two-shot vaccine. As more people become vaccinated, we anticipate there will be additional adjustments to existing safety protocols. NEIEP will monitor and adhere to all CDC recommended safety measures for the protection of our students and staff. Updated safety protocols will be available on the NEIEP website prior to the start of the fall semester.

2021 IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing Announced

The IUEC Local 17 Golf Outing will be held Saturday, June 12th at Hickory Nut Golf Course, 23601 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station.  The four-man scramble format will open with tee times starting at 10 AM. The cost is $100 per man and includes golf, cart, food and prizes.

For more information contact Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at JEDriscoll@iueclocal 17 or call the hall at 216-431-8088.

May ’21 Labor-Citizen

IUEC Local 17 article for May Labor Citizen

Brothers and Sisters:

April 28 was Workers Memorial Day and The National Day of Mourning.  The International, in cooperation with many of its signatory companies, put together a series of videos along with a message from IUEC General President Frank Christensen aimed at driving home the continued need for on-the-job safety.  The presentation was available on a link presented through he IUEC website and many signatories employee communication channels.

All IUEC Locals have been instructed to form safety committees comprising local members and company representatives to discuss  safety-related issues.  This is being driven by the International’s continued emphasis on member safety.  International Safety Director Mike Langer met via ZOOM with the IUEC Local 17 Safety Committee to explain its purpose and the results of investigations on recent accidents.  A follow-up meeting is being scheduled for June.

Congratulations to Rob Timko, Brian Seither and Cory Ptak for passing the Mechanics Exam.  There are four other eligible apprentices waiting to take the test.

All apprentice class work must be completed by Friday, May 14 to be eligible for the finals which begin Monday, May 17.  Be sure your computer is working properly and you have a strong internet connection prior to starting your final.  If everyone passes their current classes, there will be 18 apprentices in the NEIEP program in the fall.

Area Coordinator Wally Wuelling told Local 17 that he has to hold recruitments for locals whose lists are the oldest first.  This means pushing Local 17’s recruitment out possibly another year.  

NEIEP has not officially announced we will have in-person classes for the fall, although it is looking more likely as time goes on.

Work Preservation is putting together a case against non-signatory Oracle Elevator as an irresponsible contractor.  At the Miami International Airport several escalators were found with safety devices physically jumped out.  We have been fortunate Oracle is not in the Cleveland market but they do have a presence in Columbus (Local 37).  Columbus was able to provide a list of jobs Oracle lost.

If anyone hears of an elevator company not listed at the end of this article working in the area please call Business Manager John Driscoll Jr. at 216-431-8088.

Tim Moennich of Work Preservation along with Local 11 (Cincinnati) Business Manager Jim Mill and Gable CEO Phil Issac testified in favor of HB 107, the elevator licensing bill, at a hearing in Columbus.  If the bill passes committee and goes on to the House and Senate for passage, the hope is to have it on Governor DeWine’s desk before the end of the legislative session.

Emails will be going out soon regarding the May meeting status. 

There has been a run of Covid and Covid-related infections and quarantines.  As of this writing we have eight members affected

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to the family of retired Brother Tom Carey who passed away.

As of this writing there are three mechanics on the bench