Crane Industry United Unions Introduction

Union?  Non-union?  Collective bargaining? 

This web page will be updated regularly with information intended to inform crane industry professionals about IUOE Locals 178, 406, 450 and 627.  

Even though our four Local Unions are all part of the 400,000 member IUOE, and we each have contracts with companies you are familiar with, each Local is its own separate organization. Check out theLocal Unions pagefor more information on each local and to see how the jurisdictions are set up.    

We know some of you are former members, and we would like the opportunity to show you the changes and improvements that have taken place with our locals over the last few years.  You can see what some of our long-time members, as well as new members, are saying about their experience on the Testimonials page.

Check out the June   2014 Hoisting News! 

There is a lot of information out there about joining a union, about collective bargaining, and about what is legal or not legal for employers and unions to do. We encourage you to take a look at as much information as possible. We just ask that you always consider the source of your information.

If you get information about unions from groups like the Heritage Foundation or the Cato Institute, or from websites like "unionfacts", it will be anti-union.
On the other hand, if you view information from the Economic Policy Institute, the Political Economy Research Institute or from websites like, it will likely be pro-union.

We are confident that the more information you look at, you will agree that your priorities are the same as that of our members and the IUOE. For "just the facts" on your rights to join a union, check out our"Your Rights" page.

Questions?  We've Got answers!

Have more questions? Check out our "Resources" and "FAQ" pages. The Resources page provides links, downloadable documents about wages and benefits, a "cost of living" comparison of Houston and other more unionized areas of the country, and additional information on your guaranteed rights.

The Frequently Asked Questions page has responses to the questions that we hear from non-union workers on a daily basis. We have nothing to hide, if your question is not answered somewhere on this website, or if you need clarification on a topic please call, email, or visit one of our Locals! 


The Highway Trust Fund

Local Union Pictures

We are very proud of our local union meeting halls and training facilities.  With our locals' modern equipment and university quality classrooms, we are ideally set up to continue the longstanding IUOE tradition of training and certifying the best operators in the industry...and the best part is, it is all included in our memberships!

Crane Industry News Archive

Northwest Crane Service
Check out some pictures of Northwest Crane Service and Local 627 members at work.  Northwest has several locations around Oklahoma with cranes up to 900t. 


Can a Union be both good for you AND beneficial to your Employer?  
Labor unions are known for what they can do for their members. When workers organize together into a union, they bargain collectively with their employer and usually get higher wages, better benefits, and more of a voice at work.  Fighting for their members is the primary focus of any good union.  
However, there is a common misconception that unions are always bad for business and industries.  That is simply not true.
So, can forming a union be good for you…and your employer? Yes, absolutely.  We’re going to explain it right here (and debunk another common myth too…).

​Click here for the rest of the message.  

CCO for Boom Truck Operators

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators recently announced a new program to certify boom truck operators.  Companies who manufacture and use boom trucks came to the NCCCO last year and requested a formal program.  

Joel Oliva, NCCCO program manager, pointed out that the new OSHA crane rule requires operators to be certified when operating cranes with capacities over 2,000 lbs.  

NCCCO chairman of the Practical Exam Management Committee Kenny Shin said, “We anticipate this new program being highly popular with boom truck users keen to protect their employees and manage risks inherent in any lifting activity.  The boom truck industry will be keen to take advantage of this powerful new tool for assessing operators’ knowledge and skills necessary for safe operation in their specific applications.”

Those who possess a CCO telescopic boom-fixed cab operator certification will not need to take the boom truck exam (as it is already covered by the existing license). They will be automatically granted the new boom truck-fixed cab certification.

More information at the NCCCO website. 

What are your Priorities?  

The IUOE offers contract-guaranteed great wages, a defined benefit pension plan, employer paid-for health insurance, and free training and certifications that set the standard industry wide.  Your value as an employee will be based on your skill and work ethic.  

Sorry, but the IUOE does not currently offer a sponsored volleyball team...just a solid, stable career.  If you prefer to spend your own time with your family and personal interests, and maintaining your personal and professional integrity as a crane operator or rigger, contact the IUOE.