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, 234, 406, 450 and 627.  

Even though our five 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 March 2015 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! 


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

TNT Crane Purchases Colorado Based RMS

Rocky Mountain Structures (RMS) and its subsidiaries have been acquired by TNT Crane and Rigging.  With three locations in Colorado, RMS is reportedly one of the largest crane and rigging companies in the Rocky Mountain region. 

Founded in 1977, RMS has grown its fleet to include 66 cranes up to 500t.  It serves the manufacturing, industrial, cell tower, power, commercial and construction markets.  RMS has relationships with IUOE local unions.

We are thrilled to be joining forces with TNT,” said Cody Gilliland, CEO, RMS. “The company is an industry leader with a proven successful track record not only for profitable growth but also for building a culture that puts its people first. This partnership enhances our ability to grow our business and creates opportunities for our employees. The economic outlook is solid for Colorado and the end markets we serve. In addition, the combined company will benefit from opportunities in the energy sector when oil prices and drilling activities return to sustainable levels.”​  

Check out some videos explaining "Right-to-Work"

Mike Appling, CEO of TNT added that the acquisition expands TNT’s geographic footprint into the western U.S. 

Kregg Lundsford, President of TNT, said, “There is no question their success is a direct result of our shared culture and belief that our people are our most important assets and with that we have a great responsibility to them.”

See more at KHL's American Crane and Transport.  

Check out RMS at their website.  

Crane Industry News

NCSG Acquires B&G Crane in Louisiana and Texas

B&G Crane, with yards in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Beaumont, and Houston, has recently been acquired by NCSG Crane and Heavy Haul Corporation and it investor group. 

B&G Crane is a signatory contractor for IUOE Locals 406 and 450. 

B&G was started in 1946 by the Grilletta family and has grown to consist of a fleet of over 150 cranes up to 825t capacity.  They offer crane services, specialized rigging and heavy haul transportation in Texas and Louisiana.  B&G’s management team will stay on to manage the day to day operations, with 3 members of the Grilletta family and Rich Haggard becoming shareholders in NCSG. 

“B&G is a great business with a proud history of providing outstanding service to its many customers in Texas and Louisiana and the current B&G management team plans to continue to run the business and carry on with that tradition,” said Ted Redmond, NCSG president.  “We believe that the combination of B&G and NCSG is a significantly more diversified business that will allow us to get better overall asset utilization as we can share our project and maintenance cranes across a more diverse set of end markets.”

Xavier Grilletta, Jr. B&G vice chairman, said, “I am proud of the business we have built and I believe that NCSG has similar values for building and running a customer focused business. We intend to continue our long history of safely providing outstanding customer service.”

NCSG Crane and Heavy Haul Corporation is a wholly owned US subsidiary of Canadian based NCSG. NCSG is owned by the private equity companies Triwest Capital Partners and NCA Partners, as well as the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund. 
More information at KHL.