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125 Years Strong – An IUOE History

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Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the International Union of Operating Engineers


INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS Well-Prepared for a Comeback Poor national economies that struggled to fully recover from the Great Recession severely stifled much of the I.U.O.E. again as many of its members endured resultant hardships, including protracted periods of unemployment, into and during the early 2010s. In response, the union worked relentlessly on Capitol Hill and a number of other fronts to secure legislative assistance for its members and all workers, with particular emphasis on job-creating measures. Among myriad job-creating measures the union vigorously promoted at that time, it played a key role in having Congress pass legislation that applied Davis-Bacon prevailing wages on all 1 billion of U.S. Department of Energy-supported commercial loans to developers and owners of innovative energy projects. Into and during early 2010, seven substantial loan guarantees totaling almost billion that would produce jobs for I.U.O.E. members were issued. Other legislation for which the I.U.O.E. successfully lobbied and were passed into law in 2010 included the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act that extended unemployment and COBRA benefits to workers through the end of the calendar year; and the HIRE Act (Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment) that among other actions extended the transportation law through the end of the year and transferred nearly billion from the federal government’s general fund into the Highway Trust Fund, an important provision for operating engineers. As poor employment conditions lingered, on September 14, 2010, the I.U.O.E., along with the plumbers and steamfitters, laborers, teamsters and electrical-workers unions; the A.F.L-C.I.O.; and the Pipeline Contractors Association, announced the signing of a Members of I.U.O.E. Local No. 14 and Local No. 15 of New York City help build the new One World Trade Center (or Freedom Tower), the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan that would replace the Twin Towers of the original World Trade Center destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. union-friendly Project Labor Agreement with the TransCanada Corporation (now TC Energy) for a significant portion of U.S. construction of the proposed -billion Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Pipeline Project (also known as Keystone XL). The agreement would provide TransCanada with a well-trained workforce in the United States for the ambitious project to build a new, 1,700- mile crude-oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Gulf-shore refineries in Texas. Cranes operated by Local 14 and Local 15 members place the final components of the spire at the top of the new One World Trade Center on May 10, 2013, making the structure a total height of 1,776 feet a reference to the year in which the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed. The building would open on November 3, 2014. Members of I.U.O.E. Local No. 701 in Oregon lift a retired Boeing 747-100 jetliner onto the top of the underconstruction Evergreen Space Museum’s Wings & Waves Waterpark in McMinnville, Oregon, in 2010, after which four large slides were installed to run from inside the fuselage to a landing pool 62 feet below. More than 1,000 members of I.U.O.E. Local No. 178 of Dallas-Fort Worth, Local No. 450 of Houston and Local No. 627 worked more than 2-million total manhours to help complete the 487-mile Gulf Coast segment of the Keystone XL from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Port Arthur, Texas, between 2012 and 2014. However, in January 2012, the U.S. Department of State delayed a decision on issuing a permit for the LABOR OMNIA VINCIT WORK CONQUERS ALL

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