Labor-Citizen June ’17

Brothers and sisters:

Apprentices that are behind on their OJT forms run the risk of being called in front of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. The JATC is made up of four IUEC and four company representatives and the apprentices run the risk of having to explain to their boss why they are behind.

Local 17 received a hydraulic valve simulator from NEIEP. The simulator has a piston that can be controlled by either an EECO or Maxton valve. The course covers the design, function, operation, repair and adjustment of the two most common valves in the field today. For more in formation of this course, contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

There are sign up sheets available for a first aid, CPR and scaffolding classes. If you are interested in any of these classes, please contact Tim.

Business Manager Tim Moennich has a sign up sheet available for a session with a representative of Mass Mutual, the company that administers the 401K and annuity benefits for the International. The session will cover the workings of these two important parts of your retirement plan and give you the opportunity to ask any questions. The session is open to members and their spouses.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 extends congratulations to Ryan Todd for passing the Mechanics Exam.

To our Brothers and Sisters in the building trades: the IUEC Local 17 Volunteer Organizing Committee is actively gathering information on non-signatory companies operating in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Lorain and Ashtabula counties. If you see a company that is not listed as a signatory at the bottom of our article working on your job or see an elevator company name that you do not recognize, please contact Business Manger Tim Moennich or VOC Chairman Don Knapik at DKnapik@windstream.net. We are particularly interested in companies installing or servicing home elevators or lifts.

While the IUEC as a whole recently celebrated the signing and ratification of its new five-year agreement, the Brothers and Sisters of Local 125A in Newfoundland, Canada were on strike to settle terms of their Collective Bargaining Agreement. The agreement between Local 125A, the National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA) and the Construction Labour Relations Association of Newfoundland (CLRA) went into effect April 30th with members returning to work May 1. Congratulations to those that stood by the Local in its fight for a fair CBA.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 extend their condolences to Brother Rob Hansen on the passing g of his father retiree “Little Bob” Hansen and Brother Ric Supinski on the passing of his father.

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

June ’17 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

At the April meeting, International Organizer Jim Lowery spoke about the IUEC organizing efforts over the last year and how President Trump’s company stiffed an electrical contractor for $2 million.

Lowery talked about the Union City Daily newspaper report that an IBEW contractor was working at the new Trump International Hotel in DC and had not been paid for their work. “This is not a large company we are talking about that put out a significant amount of money and hasn’t been paid.” This is the former US Post Office the Trump Organization leased from the federal government and turned into a luxury hotel. This is also the same property where the President was under scrutiny for a potential conflict of interest.

Lowery then ticked off a list of successful campaigns and stripped employees, including a contractor doing work at VA hospitals around the country. When talking about other efforts, particularly within the federal government he said “there are several smaller companies that come in from out of town to do government work and then leave a mess behind them for our signatories to clean up.” The efforts to organize these companies continues.

When he turned his attention to Gable, he noted that the Cleveland market share for Local 17 jumped from about 86% to the “high 90 percent” range in commercial work and we are now the third largest organized market for home lifts in the International. Jim noted that Rick Gable has been working with the International to capture the home lift market, a sector on which the organizers have been told to place special emphasis. “There are several companies operating in the area that we would like to see come into the fold.”

Also at the April meeting Brother John Driscoll Jr., reported on the North American Building Trades legislative conference in Washington DC attended by him and Business Manager Tim Moennich. While the conference itself was informative and the two had many opportunities to talk with local legislators the highlight was the address given by President Trump. “The group was, except for one small protest during the speech, respectful of his position as President. He never once talked about Right-to-Work-for-less, Davis-Bacon, prevailing wage or any issues that we were interested in.”

NEIEP has a new online offering cover confined space training. The course is built on scenarios that describe relevant information to create awareness for how to work safely in and around confined spaces. To access the course login at neiep.org.

Congratulations to Brother Lucas Jenke who is the first apprentice to take the Mechanics Exam under the new format at Prometrics. He passed the exam on March 30th.

Where are they working?

Tom Gombar and Matt Hausler doing escalator work at NASA for Kone,

Kenny Jung and Ryan Todd doing safety tests for Schindler,

Drew Williams and Mark Carollo doing a two car mod at Edgewter Landing for Thyssen,

Todd Kemp and Nick Meyer doing and escalator clean down at GM for Thyssen,

Jim Thompson and Brian Siether doing a mod at Trinity Tower for Otis,

Ken Bowles and Shane Huff doing a mod at Metro General for Otis,

John Goggin and Brian Chambers at 1100 Superior doing service work for Schindler,

Jeff Ford and Jean LaFontaine doing escalator clean downs at Browns Stadium for Kone,

Heath Kramer and Todd Ross opening up escalators at Progressive Field for Kone,

Don Knapik and Ernesto Rodriguez doing full load safety tests at Penton Media for Schindler.

 

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

 

Don
DKnapik@windstrem.net

May ’17 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:
NEIEP has a new online course on confined space awareness, The course is built on scenarios that describe relevant information to create awareness on how to work safely in and around confined spaces. You can check out this course and other online offerings at neiep.org in the Student Gateway.

If you took the welding class held at Lincoln Electric Business Manager Tim Moennich has your results. You can contact Tim at the hall at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

Congratulations to Brother Lucas Jenke who is the first apprentice to take and pass the Mechanics Exam administered at Prometrics. He passed the test on March 30th.

A large congratulations goes out to the IUEC Labor Committee on the successful completion of the negotiations of the new Standard agreement set to go into effect July 8. On Friday, March 31 the contract was ratified by a vote of 277 to 2. As previously reported, the only change to the contract is the Assistant Mechanic reporting requirements when starting a job. There is also a percentage increase for each year of the contract versus the dollar amount given in previous contracts.

At the April meeting, International Organizer Jim Lowery spoke about the IUEC organizing efforts over the last year and how President Trump’s company stiffed an electrical contractor for $2 million.

Lowery talked about the Union City Daily newspaper report that an IBEW contractor was working at the new Trump International Hotel in DC and had not been paid for their work. “This is not a large company we are talking about that put out a significant amount of money and hasn’t been paid.” This is the former US Post Office the Trump Organization leased from the federal government and turned into a luxury hotel. This is also the same property where the President was under scrutiny for a potential conflict of interest.

Lowery then ticked off a list of successful campaigns and stripped employees, including a contractor doing work at VA hospitals around the country. When talking about other efforts, particularly within the federal government he said “there are several smaller companies that come in from out of town to do government work and then leave a mess behind them for our signatories to clean up.” The efforts to organize these companies continues.

When he turned his attention to Gable, he noted that the Cleveland market share for Local 17 jumped from about 86% to the “high 90 percent” range in commercial work and we are now the third largest organized market for home lifts in the International. Jim noted that Rick Gable has been working with the International to capture the home lift market, a sector on which the organizers have been told to place special emphasis. “There are several companies operating in the area that we would like to see come into the fold.”

Lowery was also on the IUEC Labor Committee that just completed ratification of the new contract with NEBA and the ECA.

Also at the April meeting Brother John Driscoll Jr., reported on the North American Building Trades legislative conference in Washington DC attended by him and Business Manager Tim Moennich. While the conference itself was informative and the two had many opportunities to talk with local legislators the highlight was the address given by President Trump. “The group was, except for one small protest during the speech, respectful of his position as President. He never once talked about Right-to-Work-for-less, Davis-Bacon, prevailing wage or any issues that we were interested in.”
As of this writing there are three mechanics and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.
Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

May ’17 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and Sisters:

Congratulations to the Labor Committee on their successful contract negotiations with NEBA and the ECA. All in all, the IUEC and its leadership did not have to make significant concessions to receive a lot in return.

In looking over the highlights presented by Business Manager Tim Moennich at the March meeting, the increase in wages and fringe benefits over the next five years will maintain the IUEC as the best blue-collar job in the trades. Members will now be able to get paid time off (PTO) in hourly or daily increments, Article XXII letters will have a shelf life of 24 months and companies can now work four-tens on modernization work.

For all of our gains, every contract I’ve worked under since entering the trade n 1999 has, in my humble opinion, placed increased responsibility on the shoulders of field personnel to the detriment of our customers and our safety. Maintenance routes are being overloaded to the point where customers are lucky to see a tech once a year to do a test. GPS, text message threads, tasking and a host of other distractions take our minds off of where it should be, keep everyone on the job safe from injury. On top of that our soft skills in keeping the customer happy have become more important than keeping their equipment running.

Perhaps I’m just pining for a time in the trade I barely remember. Times change and that should not mean forgetting that it is quality work that brought our trade to where it is and will keep it there for another contract.

There is still room on the sign-up sheets for the scaffolding and CPR-First Aid classes. If your scaffolding card is due, this class will renew your certification for another two years. The skills taught in the CPR-First Aid class could make the difference between life and death for a coworker or family members. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for these offerings you can contact Tim at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

There are some apprentices getting behind on their OJT forms. If you are three months behind you will be appearing in front of the JATC Board to explain why you are late. Keep up with this form. Your livelihood depends on it.

Local 17 once again marched in the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Brothers and Sisters of the Local would like to thank Thyssen Krupp for donating the use of their brand-new truck and the loaning of their driver, Tony, for the day. Kudos to parade coordinator Joe Broz, Jr, his wife Meg and her sister Christine for their help in making a successful day for the Local. If you would like to see parade photos of the before, during and after, they are available on the local’s website, iueclocal17.org.

Where are they working?

Craig Nolty and Lucas Jenke installing a hydro at Jennings in Brecksville for Otis,

Matt Weingart and Sean Canning working on the elevators at the Cleveland Clinic Caner Center for Schindler,

Gary Thompson and Robert Timko doing a mod at Erieview Tower for Schindler,

Ken Bowels and Shane Huff doing a mod at the Radisson Hotel for Otis,

DJ Spring and Deven Shields doing a two-car mod at Metro General for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Brian Siether doing a mod at Trinity Towers for Otis,

Don Knapik and Ernesto Rodriguez doing service work for Schindler,

John Goggin and Brian Chambers cabling at University Hospital Main Campus for Schindler,

John Logue and Brandyn Alley doing a two-car mod at Metro General-South for Otis,

Don Kaiser and Josh Mitchell at the State Office Tower doing service work for Schindler,

Tom Gombar and Matt Hausler doing machine work at Bratenahl Apartments for Kone,

Jason Saunders, Matt Pinchot, Andrea Rodriguez and John Smith doing a four-car mod at Hamilton House for Otis.
As of this writing there are three mechanics and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.
Don
Dknapik@windstrem.net

April ’17 Labor-Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

Congratulations to the International Union of Elevator Constructors on the successful completion of the negotiations of the new Standard Agreement. The IUEC Labor Committee just concluded negotiations with the National Elevator Bargaining Association (NEBA) and the Elevator Contractors of America (ECA) on a new five-year contract. The contract gives significant increases in pay and benefits for its term and has no significant concessions. The most important changes to the Standard Agreement are the Assistant Mechanic reporting requirements, the addition of paid time off (PTO), and a shelf life of 24 months for all Article XXII warning letters. There was also a minor agreement on modernization jobs being able to work four ten-hour days Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday.

At the bottom of this article you will find a list of signatory companies working in the northern Ohio. While the signing of Gable Elevator in February closed a three year and a half year campaign, there are still several companies operating in the area that Locals 17 and 45 would like to bring into the fold. If you see a company you do not recognize from the list working on one of your jobs or in your area, please contact IUEC Local 17 Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or Akron IUEC Local 45 Business Manager Dave Morrow, Jr at 330-620-9259 to report their location and, if known, what kind of work they are doing.

If you are an apprentice in Local 17 make sure your OJT forms are up to date. There are several apprentices whose forms are not current and are flirting with a date with the JATC. This is not a date you will want to make. Get your forms signed and turned in as soon as possible.

There are still spots available for the scaffolding class as well as the CPR/First Aid class. If you are interested in either offering contact Tim at the hall or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

If you are working as a contractor at a Cleveland Clinic facility and are required to take an infection control risk assessment, complete an online badging and get a flu shot to work at a facility, be sure you are getting paid for your time. A letter was sent by the Cleveland Building Trades to the contractor associations in Cleveland about this requirement because of a concern that some contractors may not be paying employees for their compliance time. If this applies to you and you feel there is a problem, contact Tim at the hall.

Entertainment Chairman Bill Dudas is planning a walleye fishing charter for April 22nd. The charter costs $30 per person and is currently limited to the first 35 people who sign up. For more information or to sign up for this first time event you can call Tim at the hall.

The Annual IUEC Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner will be held May 19th at Frank Sterle’s Country House, 1401 East 55th Street just south of St. Clair Avenue. Refreshments start at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 6:30 pm. The cost remains at $30 per person and will include a family style dinner. For more information contact the hall no later than May 1st to secure your spot at this always well attended event.

If anyone is into trap shooting, the IUEC will be hosting the Union Sportsman’s Alliance 7th Annual Baltimore Area Trap Shoot. The event will be held Saturday, August 5th at the Carney Rod and Gun Club in Carney, Maryland. For more information go to unionsportsmen.org.

A large IUEC Local 17 tip of the hat to Joe Broz, Jr., his wife Meg and her sister Christine for their efforts in organizing this years entry into the 2017 Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A huge thank you also goes out to ThyssenKrupp Elevator in allowing the Local to use their brand new truck and borrow their truck driver, Tony, for the day. The IUEC participation in the parade is one event that the whole local, not just those of Irish decent, look forward too all year. For photo coverage of Local 17’s participation, please visit iueclocal17.org and cursor down or click on Galleries.

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

April ’17 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

Entertainment Chairman Bill Dudas is planning a walleye fishing charter on April 22nd for 35 interested members. The cost is $30 per person. If you are interested in attending this first of its kind event, contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

The Annual IUEC Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner will be held May 19th at Frank Sterle’s Country House, 1401 East 55th Street just south of St. Clair Avenue. Refreshments start at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 6:30 pm. The cost remains at $30 per person and will include a family style dinner. For more information contact Business Manager Tim Moennich no later than May 1st to secure your spot at this always well attended event.

There is a sign up sheet for classes in CPR and scaffolding. The CPR class is designed to give the participant an American Red Cross certificate. The scaffolding class is a Scaffold and Access Industry Association authorized program offered through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP). The successful completion of the class makes the student a competent person for the erection of frame scaffolding. The certification is good for three years and must be renewed after that time. For more information on this or any other offerings, contact Tim at the Hall.

On February 8, Brothers Joe Broz Jr, Bill Lynsky, John Patton and myself attended the Local 45 (Akron) meeting to watch 21 employees of Gable Elevator be sworn in as IUEC members. In addition, four Gable employees were sworn in to Local 37 (Columbus). Gable also hired six existing IUEC members, four from Akron and two from Cleveland, to deepen the talent pool and help shepherd the new members in the ways of the union.

Since its founding, Gable has been a major force in the home elevator and lift market in northern and eastern Ohio. They started by selling home lifts and elevators out of their family pharmacy and after some initial success formed the company to develop this underserved market. This region is now the third largest organized home lift market in the International.

The signing was the culmination of a three and a half year effort by Locals 17 and 45 to organize Gable into the IUEC family.

The effort was not always easy. Anything worth accomplishing is never easy. The effort was not always nice. Tempers flared, expectations waxed and waned. This happened because we are human and passionate about our goal. Through the entire effort our regional organizer Jim Lowery lent a steadying hand. He commented several times that this was an unusual campaign but, Cleveland is an unusual city!

I believe we were successful because our goal was to organize the entire company and raise it up, not tear it down. Ultimately, the lives of 25 men are better today than they were three and a half years ago.

And that is what it is all about.
Where are they working?

Mark Byram and Felix DeJesus doing a mod at Waterford Condominiums for Schindler,

Shawn Yatsko and Matt Herbold doing a one-car mod at Moreland Courts for Schindler,

John Brunner and Jason Tischler installing five cars at the Edison Building for Schindler,

Jason Costa and John Ondich working at 200 Public Square for Schindler,

Anthony Metcalf and Ken Eaton doing a mod at Coppertop for Thyssen,

Dave Francis installing a car for Gable,

Scott Daugherty doing a mod for Gable.

As of this writing there are five mechanics and one apprentice on the bench.

Until next month….

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.
Don
Dknapik@windstream.net