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.
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 http://www.workingamerica.org/, 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.
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!
CRANE INDUSTRY NEWS
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…).
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.
Great Video from Northwest Crane
Initial Ruling – Sany America Guilty of Patent Infringement
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has made an initial ruling that Sany America misappropriated Manitowoc trade secrets and infringed upon one of their patents. The commission hopes to make a final ruling on November 19th.
The case involves John Lanning, a 24 year engineer for Manitowoc who left for Sany in 2010. Manitowoc alleged last year, and the ITC has initially agreed, that the 550 ton SCC8500 used the same technology as the Variable Position Counterweight system on the Manitowoc 31000 (Sany called it the Auto Counterbalance Equalization). Manitowoc alleges that Sany acquired this technology through Lansing.
If they side with Manitowoc in the final ruling, the company is seeking a ban on the import or sale of the Sany SCC8500.