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International Operating Engineer - Fall 2015

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The quarterly magazine of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

International Operating Engineer (ISSN 0020-8159) is published by the: International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO 1125 17 th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 Subscription Terms - per year Change of Address - Requests must be submitted in writing to the IUOE Membership Department (address above). Include your new address, registration and local union number. POSTMASTERS – ATTENTION: Change of address on Form 3579 should be sent to: International Operating Engineer Mailing List Dept. 1125 17th St., NW, 3rd Floor Washington, DC 20036 Publications Mail Agreement No. 40843045 Canada Post: Return undeliverables to P.O. Box 2601, 6915 ​Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4T 0A9 Printed in the U.S.A. International Union of Operating Engineers AFL-CIO general officers James T. Callahan, General President Brian E. Hickey, General Secretary-Treasurer Jerry Kalmar, First Vice President Russell E. Burns, Second Vice President James M. Sweeney, Third Vice President Robert T. Heenan, Fourth Vice President Daniel J. McGraw, Fifth Vice President Daren Konopaski, Sixth Vice President Michael Gallagher, Seventh Vice President Greg Lalevee, Eighth Vice President Terrance E. McGowan, Ninth Vice President Louis G. Rasetta, Tenth Vice President Mark Maierle, Eleventh Vice President Randy Griffin, Twelfth Vice President Douglas W. Stockwell, Thirteenth Vice President Ronald J. Sikorski, Fourteenth Vice President trustees Kuba J. Brown, Chairman Bruce Moffatt, Trustee James T. Kunz, Jr., Trustee Joseph F. Shanahan, Trustee Edward J. Curly, Trustee RETIREMENT Local 12 Business Manager and 1st International Vice President William “Bill” C. Waggoner announced his retirement this summer after a long and accomplished career. Waggoner began his career with the Operating Engineers in 1951. He was elected Business Manager of Local 12 in 1976 and has served as an International Vice President since 1980. Waggoner is highly regarded as a dedicated union leader and tough negotiator. He also held leadership positions with the California Labor Federation and California Building Trades Council. From the General President Growing from the Grassroots Local worker activism the key to future success As the year comes to a close, we continue to see encouraging signs that we are regaining the ground lost in the Great Recession. Our Stationary and H&P locals have reported that work hours and job placements are up for the year. Through their hard work, this has translated into more fruitful organizing opportunities. All of these metrics are signs that the IUOE is growing our membership back to where we were before the recession hit us seven years ago. We have experienced this resurgence despite a political climate that is very hostile towards labor unions and the middle-class. Conservative politicians wrongly believe that the sacrifices necessary to heal the wounds of failed budgeting and the financial collapse on Wall Street should be borne on the backs of middle-class workers. Labor’s detractors have seized this opportunity to strip basic rights and benefits of working people and to silence our voices at the workplace and in the voting booth. Well, I say enough is enough! We must begin to take back our future from those who look no further than their next Super Pac check and who have forgotten what it means to pay a mortgage, raise and educate kids, and provide healthcare for their families. We must affect change by becoming more active and more vocal on the local level. We must utilize our strengths in a grassroots campaign, beginning in each and every one of our own backyards. We need to start electing more union members to school boards, as mayors, county commissioners, and state legislators—all the way up to the Governor in each and every state. Look at the recent successes building trades candidates have had in places like Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, New Jersey, and all across the country, who made preserving middle-class jobs and the rights of workers their top priorities and won. Each year, school boards across the country make decisions awarding millions in local tax dollars towards capital construction projects. These decisions directly affect building trades work. It only makes sense that a member from the Operating Engineers should be party to the decision making process. It has been said that today’s county clerk can very well be tomorrow’s governor. Often times my office has been guilty of focusing primarily on the big federal races—President, Senate and Congress. Well, I’m here to tell you that we plan to find a new balance and bring a renewed focus to where we can make a real difference for Operating Engineers—in our hometown races that influence where our people work and live, and where our voice can be heard over the influence of big money. The strength of our membership can be a powerful agent of change in our communities and our country. Today’s politicians know quite well how many people vote in the district they represent and which local issues matter to them. One only needs to look at the tremendous victory our brothers and sisters in Missouri recently had in defeating anti-union legislation there. So-called Right-to-Work, backed by wealthy special interests, was turned away because of grass-roots activity by union members. Through personal and sustained contact by our members to their local elected officials, our [James T. Callahan] collective voice carried more weight than the out-of-state billionaires. Let’s continue to build on these successes and become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to labor issues and how our tax dollars are being spent on public construction and school projects. We can’t hold back the financial onslaught of the billionaire, antiunion funders by solely competing to outspend through our treasuries. But we can fight back and win with the most powerful weapon we have—our collective voice. As your General President, I am requesting that every member do a few simple things to make us more powerful as a union. Make sure that you are up-to-date on your voter registration, get your family registered and then become a more visible and active constituent in your community. Attend a school board or city council meeting. Meet a local legislator and let them know what issues are important to you as a union Operating Engineer. We must all work together to take back the power of policy making for our future success. Work safe and enjoy a holiday season filled with friends and family. 4 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER FALL 2015 5

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