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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 Gulf Coast region. In total, the union’s locals and many individual members donated close to 0,000 to the fund. The 38 th I.U.O.E. General Convention, held in Hollywood, Florida, from April 28 to May 1 the following year, asked delegates and attendees to “Honor the Past, Shape the Future.” In doing so, delegates unanimously adopted 17 constitutional amendments and 27 resolutions dealing with organizing; training; occupational health and safety; prevailing wage; economic and labor issues; and pension and healthcare benefits, in addition to various other issues. The convention also unanimously elected General President Callahan to his first full term, as well as all officers serving with the international at the time. gas refineries; renewable sources such as wind and solar; and construction of new liquefiednatural-gas export facilities. With the surge of work and more expected to come, and the fact that large numbers of skilled craft workers would be retiring within the next five to ten years, the construction industry was facing a shortage of skilled craft workers needed to properly build and maintain the facilities. In response, the I.U.O.E. began expanding its training capacity on several fronts. Those efforts included the National Training Fund developing a specific training program for That year, investors had begun increasing their financing of capital construction projects again, especially in the energy sector for new and improved pipelines; expanded oil and Members of I.U.O.E. Local No. 57 of Rhode Island and Marine Division Local No. 25, based in New Jersey and covering the eastern seaboard of the United States, set the foundational structures for a new wind-energy project by placing five 400-ton steel jackets to support wind turbines in the open ocean, three miles off the coast of Block Island at depths of about 100 feet underwater, in 2015. The Block Island site, developed by Deepwater Wind, would be the first offshore wind farm in the United States once completed. Members of I.U.O.E. Local No. 137, which represents operating engineers in the southeast New York counties of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, work on construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge (officially named the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge) over the Hudson River, which was built from spring 2013 into June 2020 to replace the original Tappan Zee Bridge that was the longest bridge in the state when it was completed in December 1955. members working in refineries and petrochemical plants and the Stationary Engineers Apprenticeship and Training Trust (SEATT) setting a new standard for petro-chemicalindustry skill training. Together with its advanced training programs, the I.U.O.E. also began instituting a comprehensive organizing strategy to help convince contractors that the union can supply them with the highly skilled employees they required for the coming construction glut. Flourishing natural-gas production in the United States continued to benefit operating engineers, who were in high demand within the industry during the first half of the decade. The epicenter of the natural gas business, the Marcellus Shale beneath Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, was the largest shale gas deposit in North America and was a source of steady work for operating engineers within the region. One of those related projects, the .3-billion Brunswick County Power Station in rural southern Virginia, for which construction had begun in September 2013, put many Norfolkbased Local No. 147 operating engineers back to work after some “pretty lean years,” the Fall 2014 International Operating Engineer reported. After it would be completed in April 2016, the 1,360-megawatt power station, fueled by natural gas coming out of the Marcellus Shale, would replace electricity from two aging coalfired plants that were to be retired for economic and environmental reasons. As projects large and small, public and private throughout the United States and Canada began to “roar back to life,” as General President Callahan pronounced in the Fall 2014 journal, that year the I.U.O.E. experienced an increase in manhours and steadily improving employment. In fact, in some regions, locals were challenged to keep pace with requests for LABOR OMNIA VINCIT WORK CONQUERS ALL

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