2 years ago

125 Years Strong – An IUOE History

  • Text
  • Wwwiuoeorg
  • Vincit
  • Omnia
  • Engineer
  • Convention
  • Membership
  • Locals
  • Operating
  • Engineers
Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the International Union of Operating Engineers


INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS skilled workers but were able to successfully meet those demands. What’s more, the international was able to systematically recruit and replace, mainly through attrition, a full force of international representatives in the field and new department heads at I.U.O.E. headquarters that year, about which the general president announced, “I am pleased to report that these appointments have already begun to improve our operations and alter jurisdictional standings for the I.U.O.E.” Keeping Good Times Rolling As positive momentum carried over into the second half of the 2010s, locals across the I.U.O.E. reported an increase in manhours throughout all of its traditional hoisting and portable work. Having Members of I.U.O.E. Marine Division Local No. 25, based in New Jersey, change cutter teeth on a hydraulic cutter suction dredge during a project in the union’s southern jurisdiction in 2015. experienced a shortage of crane operators in parts of the United States and Canada the year before as work proliferated, General President Callahan put out a call in the Winter 2015 International Operating Engineer to push locals and the membership to organize and recruit non-union engineers into the union while work was plentiful, declaring: “Our commitment to organizing, in both hoisting & portable and stationary, is steadfast and we will continue to deploy the resources needed to compete in this expanding market.” To also further protect the health and safety of its members as they were out in the field and on an increasing number of jobsites, the union held the inaugural meeting of its new I.U.O.E. Safety and Health Committee on January 14, 2015, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The initial 11-member team was composed of I.U.O.E. members representing various backgrounds such as crane operators, heavyequipment operators, stationary engineers, pipeline engineers and training instructors, and its mission was to represent I.U.O.E. interests during policy and rulemaking proceedings by providing real-world feedback and advice to I.U.O.E. Safety and Health Director Donald Booth. The union’s all-out programs were seemingly having their intended effect, as into 2015 its members were being employed in These participants in Project: Accelerate!, a free, seven-week program that introduces women to career opportunities in construction across the State of Michigan, spent the fourth week of their course in the summer of 2017 at the I.U.O.E. Local No. 324 Construction Career Center in Howell, Michigan, learning about and operating heavy equipment. With I.U.O.E. participation, the program, which is sponsored by a coalition of businesses, trade unions and colleges, allows women to gain hands-on experience with the tools of the trade, such as the cranes, excavators and other equipment these women operated at the 555-acre, world-class Local 324 training facility. areas that were historically not friendly toward unions. Perhaps most notably, union engineers were at work on construction of a number of large, complicated stadiums in states with so-called “right-to-work” laws, including the .6-billion, 71,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Even without a project labor agreement, members of I.U.O.E. Local No. 926 worked for seven signatory contractors on the retractable-roof facility between the start of construction in May 2014 until it opened in August 2017. Elsewhere, in Florida a notorious “rightto-work” state operators from Local No. 487 in Miami were involved in the two-year, 0-million renovation of that city’s Sun Life Stadium from 2014 until it was completed in January 2016, including installing a state-ofthe-art canopy around the top of the facility. I.U.O.E. members also built stadiums in more-union-friendly states (based on their lack of “right-to-work” laws) at that time, including the .3-billion Levi’s Stadium in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, for which operating engineers from Local No. 3 were one of the first to break ground and had to deal with the state’s more-stringent seismic requirements during construction from April 2012 to July 2014. In Minnesota, after Local No. 49 had for years been an outspoken supporter of a new stadium, the local’s members helped build the .1-billion, enclosed U.S. Bank Stadium from December 2013 to July 2016, during which it was the largest construction project in the state. New and emerging energy technologies also continued to bolster I.U.O.E. employment, and none more so than construction of the Block Island Wind Farm beginning in 2015, which would be the first commercial offshore wind farm in the United States when brought online in December 2016. Working under a project labor agreement with Deepwater Wind, more than 60 operating engineers with Local No. 57 of Rhode Island and Local No. 25 placed five foundational installations for the 30-megawatt farm’s five turbines three miles off the coast of the state’s Block Island at depths of about 100 feet in the Atlantic Ocean. After the engineers LABOR OMNIA VINCIT WORK CONQUERS ALL

Copied successfully!

©2010 International Union of Operating Engineers. All Rights Reserved.|Terms Of Use|Privacy Statement|Sitemap