October ’17 Labor Citizen

Brothers and sisters:

The following are Mandatory Meetings for the nomination, election and installation of officers: November 17, December 8 and January 12. Meetings are held at the hall located at 3250 Euclid Avenue and start at 6 pm. Failure to attend will subject you to fines and a possible appearance in front of the Executive Board unless you contact the hall prior to each meeting. If you have any questions you can contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

The apprentices currently enrolled in the NEIEP program are seeing several changes in how courses are presented and graded. Traditionally the final exam carried all the weight as to whether the apprentice retained the material. Now class participation, homework, practical labs and unit exams are half of the grade with the semester final compromising the second half. This system is consistent with high school and college grading which takes into account the total classroom experience.

At the IUEC national meeting, General President Frank Christensen emphasized that safety must be the first priority of all constructors. While overall fatality numbers are down, over the past three years three IUEC mechanics were killed while working on the bottom floor door lock by not taking positive control of the car.

The Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund reported that in 2017 the IUEC had an 83 percent market share in North America versus the 14 percent average of all other trades. In Ohio the major push by EIWPF is to establish licensing of elevator constructors. This would end the practice of a building having their “electrician” work on the elevators putting the qualified constructor and the general public at risk. The IUEC, Work Preservation and State Representative Ron Young are working on getting the bill through the legislature.

On the organizing front, the International has brought in 567 new members in the past 24 months. Thank you to all the tradesmen that have called in with information on non-signatory elevator companies. The companies that are signatories to IUEC Local 17 are listed at the bottom of this article. If any tradesman see a non-signatory company working on their job, please contact the IUEC Local 17 hall. Your efforts are appreciated.

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

October ’17 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

As I write this article, the images of the complete and total devastation of the Texas Gulf coast and the ramifications thereof are only beginning to come to light. According to press reports 33 people are confirmed dead, 311,000 are signed up for relief and the President is pledging $5.9 billion to the inundated region.

As elevator constructors the best at this writing we can do is keep our brothers and sisters and their families in the affected areas in our prayers and be prepared to supply the aid and relief they will so desperately require. I know that Locals will donate money to relief causes and the most generous of us will open our own wallets to help those in need. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are great resources for those who want their monetary or physical donations to go to where they are promised.

As those who worked through the damage done by Katerina and Sandy will no doubt testify, there will be ample work for all the trades in the aftermath of this storm. I would encourage those who are able to travel to talk to your superintendent about offering your services to the affected area.

Time after time in the aftermath of tragedy, America has put aside its divisions and rallied to the aid of those who found themselves in harms way. Who doesn’t quote from Franklin Roosevelt’s inaugural speech “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself?” What about “a date which will live in infamy?”

Standing on the hallowed ground of Gettysburg, Lincoln said in part “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here. …from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

After Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its final flight, who could forget Ronald Reagan speaking to assembled nation about those brave explorers losing their lives as they were reaching for the stars? What about President Bush on the smoldering remains of the Twin Towers addressing the crowd from a bullhorn pledging to bring those responsible to justice? What of President Obama at the end of his address at Mother Emmanuel to those mourning the senseless loss of their loved ones spontaneously breaking into a hymn of forgiveness?

These are touchstone moments that defined the character of The United States of America to the world as more than an assemblage of those of random heritage and dubious lineage. However you as an individual may feel about those men and their politics, there is no way you can question the depth of their commitment to the nation which elected them to serve as Commander-In-Chief and their most important role: Comforter-In-Chief.

They defined us as a nation of character, willing to put the needs of the many before the needs of the individual.

They defined us a nation of resolve willing to sacrifice for those we do not know that which we hold most precious.

They defined us a nation of compassion willing to hold up those who feel they can no longer stand up on their own.

They defined us as a nation united in principle, purpose and calling.

They defined us as The United States of America.

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

 

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

September ’17 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

As this issue of the Constructor is hitting your mailbox kids are going back to school, leaves are falling and I should be getting off the Lakeshore Limited in Albany, New York and beginning my 165 mile bike ride to St. Albans, Vermont. Whenever I write or talk about these adventures the inevitable questions becomes “why do you do it?” Well, there is no easy answer to that question.

The short answer is that I am a very restless person. The physical nature of cycling, the people I meet and experiences I have ground me to the belief that even though the world as a whole is a jumbled mess, people of different backgrounds connect best when they connect on a personal level. This is where all pretense falls away and genuine conversation begins. The road to sanity has to start somewhere. Mine starts in Albany.

Brother Tim Gibbons passed the mechanics exam and started on the route vacated by the now retired Brother Bruce Koprowski. The Local sends congratulations to both Tim and Bruce on these milestone achievements.

Hot on the heels of this spring’s walleye fishing charter, Entertainment Chairman Bill Dudas announced a second charter scheduled for Saturday, September 9th. The cost is $40 per person. The charter is limited to the first 30 people who sign up for the event. If you are interested, you can contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

Thank you to the 30 active and 40 retired members of Local 17 that attended this years Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner. For pictures of this always well attended event, go to iueclocal17.org and click on the Galleries tab.

There was enough interest in having someone from Mass Mutual, the company that administers the 401K and Annuity program for the IUEC, give a presentation on the plans that a representative will attend a Special Called Meeting to answer any questions. Watch this space or the Local’s website, iueclocal17.org, for more details.

If you are interested in getting involved in the 401K plan, you can inquire at your employers office. It is as simple as filling out a form and the returns can be impressive.

In a letter read in part by Tim at the July meeting, Assistant General President Jim Bender reminded all Locals that prior to starting any new construction or modernization job every member must notify the business office of the location of that job. This is a requirement of General Law XXVI No. 24.

Where are they working?

Drew Williams and Mark Carollo doing a mod at the Halle Building for Thyssen,

Joe Broz, Jr. and Andrew Daniels doing a mod at Willoughby Hills Towers for Thyssen,

Tom Gombar and Joe Gauker doing safety tests at NASA for Kone,

Pat McCann and Robert Connelly doing a four car mod at PNC for Thyssen,

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski installing a hydro at the Phoenix Building for Otis,

Dave Gnagy and Matt Carlton doing a four car mod at the Four Seasons for Schindler,

John Logue and Brandyn Alley doing a four car mod at the Cleveland Clinic for Otis,

Chris Scholle and Carl McBride installing an elevator at Lakewood High school for Thyssen,

Tony Kuhn and Ken Eaton doing a three car mod at Summit One for Thyssen,

DJ Spring and Deven Shields installing an elevator at the East 105th Street Parking Garage for Otis,

Al Ward and Andrea Rodriguez installing an elevator at Middle Park Academy for Otis,

Bernie Sickle and Chris Cook doing service work at the airport for Schindler.

 

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Al Jerson who lost his father and retired Brother John Taylor who lost his daughter and two grand daughters.

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

 

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net

Second Walleye Fishing Charter Announced

Hot on the heels of this spring’s walleye fishing charter, Entertainment Chairman Bill Dudas announced a second charter scheduled for Saturday, September 9th. The cost is $40 per person. The charter is limited to the first 30 people who sign up for the event. If you are interested, you can contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

August ’17 Labor Citizen

Brothers and sisters:
In the past month IUEC Local 17 put out six probationary apprentices. In the last few years the Local has put out far more apprentices than in the past ten years. This trend is good for the trade because there are a large number of members that will be retiring in the next few years and the Local needs members to step up and fill their positions.

This makes it even more important for those members that have probationary apprentices to take the time to teach those apprentices not only the right way to do the job but, also the in’s and out’s of being a good union member. As I have said before, these apprentices look to their first journeymen as the model of what a good elevator man is but also a good union member. Please take the time to answer their questions to the best of your ability and if you do not have the answer, point them to someone that does.

According to Matt Szollosi, Director of ACT Ohio, if you are working on a job that uses Port Authority money for financing it is a prevailing wage job. If you have any questions about this, please contact your business representative.

ACT Ohio also reported the State of Ohio’s two-year operating budget passed with no unemployment compensation reform, no prevailing wage reform, no PLA reform and NO RIGHT TO WORK LANGUAGE. ACT Ohio has invested heavily in the relationships that that have kept these labor unfriendly concepts from the budget and out of the legislature. Once again it has made a difference.

Brother Tim Gibbons passed the mechanics exam and started on the route vacated by the now retired Brother Bruce Koprowski. The Local sends congratulations to both Tim and Bruce on these milestone achievements.

Hot on the heels of this spring’s walleye fishing charter, Entertainment Chairman Bill Dudas announced a second charter scheduled for Saturday, September 9th. The cost is $40 per person. The charter is limited to the first 30 people who sign up for the event. If you are interested, you can contact Business Manager Tim Moennich at 216-431-8088 or email him at TMoennich@iueclocal17.org.

Thank you to the 30 active and 40 retired members of Local 17 that attended this years Local 17 Retiree’s Dinner. For pictures of this always well attended event, go to iueclocal17.org and click on the Galleries tab.

There was enough interest in having someone from Mass Mutual, the company that administers the 401K and Annuity program for the IUEC, give a presentation on the plans that a representative will attend a Special Called Meeting to answer any questions. Watch this space or the Local’s website, iueclocal17.org, for more details.

If you are interested in getting involved in the 401K plan, you can inquire at your employers office. It is as simple as filling out a form and the returns can be impressive.

In a letter read in part by Tim at the July meeting, Assistant General President Jim Bender reminded all Locals that prior to starting any new construction or modernization job every member must notify the business office of the location of that job. This is a requirement of General Law XXVI No. 24.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Al Jerson who lost his father and retired Brother John Taylor who lost his daughter and two grand daughters.

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

 

August ’17 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

Being this is reaching you in August, traditionally Ohio’s hottest month of the year, heat safety must be foremost in your daily planning. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) 45 people died as a result of extreme heat exposure in 2015 which is a dramatic increase over the 2014 total of 20 people but still well below the 10-year average of 113 fatalities. The age group most affected by the extreme heat is these over the age of 50 with 71% of the fatalities being men. There was no breakdown as to occupation or work-related fatalities in this data.

According to WebMD the hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Fainting may be the first sign. Other symptoms may include: throbbing headache, dizziness and light-headedness, lack of sweating despite the heat; red, hot, and dry skin; muscle weakness or cramps, nausea and vomiting; rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak; rapid, shallow breathing; behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering; seizures or unconsciousness.

If you suspect you have or your partner has any of these symptoms, contact 911 right away and attempt to cool their core temperature to at least 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. You can wet their skin with water and fan them with air; apply ice packs to the arm pits, groin, neck and back or immerse them in a tub of cool water.

Also, be aware that sweat can be conductive around live equipment. Always LOTO and confirm there is no current in the circuit. If you need to troubleshoot live, use the appropriate PPE and stay aware of your own physical state.

Quick action and recognition can save a life.

The Local 17 Annual Golf Outing will be held August 26th at Emerald Woods Golf Course,12501 N Boone Rd, Columbia Station. The $100 fee includes food, drink, prizes golf and a cart for the day. The format is once again a two man scramble. Please get your money and reservations into Business Manager Tim Moennich at the hall ASAP.

Do you have questions about retirement investment planning? Local 17 is planning a night with a representative from MassMutal, the company that administers the 401K for the IUEC, to give members and their spouses the chance to ask questions and learn about retirement investing options. This event is not limited to those nearing retirement. Choices made early on in your retirement planning can have long lasting effects on it’s eventual value. Contact Tim for more information on this important event.

There are also sign up sheets available for classes in CPR and scaffolding.

On Saturday, September 2 the North Shore Federation of Labor is holding its Fifth Annual Labor Day Festival at James Day Park in Parma adjacent to Tri-C. The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm and is free to the public. For kids there will be Jungle Bob, face painting and balloon art. For the adults look for great music, softball games and corn hole tournaments.

Where are they working?

Jerry Szermerkovsky, Lucas Jenke, Pat Kelly and John Smith installing 13 cars at the Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus for Otis,

Jason Frederick and Rob Zadravec doing a mod at Normandy Towers for Thyssen,

Greg Seaman and Brian Chambers working at the airport for Schindler,

John Goggin and Cory Ptak doing sheave work at Sherry Park for Schindler,

Shawn Yatsko, Ken Jung, Ryan Todd, Robert Timko, Matt Herbolt and Dion Yatsko doing the mod at the Standard Building for Schindler,

Gary Thompson and Brian Siether continuing the mod at Erieview Tower for Schindler and,

Chris Scholle and Lemroy Hurd installing a car at Innova for Thyssen.

The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send their condolences to Brother Don Knapik on the passing of his sister Carol.

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

Until next month…

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.

 

Don
DKnapik@windstream.net