​​Once completed, Cheniere will have an estimated annual export capacity of 60 million tons. 

It is estimated that Sabine Pass is less than six months from having its first train operational.  Once that happens, Sabine Pass will be ready to export the first US produced non-Alaskan LNG.  Cheniere already has a 20-year agreement to export said gas to the BG Group. 

Cheniere and the US are not alone in exporting LNG.  Currently, Qatar produces the cheapest LNG and is the world’s largest LNG seaborne exporter, followed by Australia (expanding its capacity), Malaysia and Indonesia. 

All countries are said to be targeting the Asian LNG market, which is expected to have a demand of 270 million tons in 2020 and 314 tons by 2025.  Japan, South Korea, China, and India are the largest individual customers. 

For more information see this article at
The Australian.  

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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.

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Check out this cool video of a wind farm construction, from leveling the site to an operational turbine. Lots of great jobs for Operating Engineers!  

What is the Highway Trust Fund and Why is it Important?

Congress is once again up against the deadline to pass funding for our nations crumbling infrastructure. Federal funding for bridge and road construction expires on July 31st.   They are expected...again...to resort to a short term patch in funding instead of the full six year plan that is needed.  


The White House has previously proposed to tax the profits that US Corporations are holding overseas (reportedly over $2 trillion)  to pay for a significant portion of a $478 billion infrastructure bill.   


June issue of The Hoisting News is out! 
Read it here.
Major acquisitions in crane rental, Mother Jones, the attack on prevailing wage, an update on the TPP and much more.


Cheniere Energy Looks to Expand LNG

It’s been reported that Cheniere Energy has given approval to construct up to seven more natural gas processing trains on the Gulf Coast by 2025.  Cheniere is already building five such trains at their Sabine Pass LNG Liquefaction facility in Southwest Louisiana. 

​The additional seven would be built at a Corpus Christi facility as a well as a couple more at Sabine Pass.  




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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!


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
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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.

Check out the March 2015 Hoisting News!