The history of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) is one marked by unwavering determination and progress, forged through the fires of adversity. The late 1800s saw dire working conditions for construction and stationary workers, with grueling hours and meager wages. In response, eleven individuals gathered in Chicago on December 7, 1896, establishing the National Union of Steam Engineers of America, a precursor to the present-day IUOE.
Types of Work Done By IUOE Members
Driving through the streets of Chicago and throughout Illinois, it’s easy to spot the work of many IUOE members. Their work is imperative to a city’s infrastructure, especially in the city. Some jobs include:
- Road Building
- Mass Earth Moving
- Pits and Quarries
- Material Testing
- Railroad Construction Derailment
- Public Works
- Heavy Equipment Mechanics
These workers play a hand in the subways we ride, the bridges we cross, and the tunnels we drive through. IUOE workers operate bulldozers, backhoes, motor graders, and cranes. They dig wells, operate boilers, and work the mines. We work the mines, we dig the wells. Without these skilled workers, we would not have our hospitals, schools, nursing homes, government buildings, and several other important parts of the city’s infrastructure. Our buildings are safe and comfortable because of their contribution.
Representing IUOE Members in Illinois
The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) is a large organization that is divided into several local chapters across the country. Illinois is serviced by the following local chapters of IUOE:
- Local 150
- Local 318
- Local 399
- Local 520
- Local 649
- Local 841
- Local 935
At Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers, we know how important it is for union members to have legal support when issues arise at work such as accidents, injuries, and contract negotiations. Whatever the case may be, you should not have to go it alone. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for a FREE consultation to discuss your situation.