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 September   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! 


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. 

IUOE Work in Energy and Infrastructure

What do you do when you have a bridge project in New York that will require setting 1,200 feet long steel girders weighting 1,700 tons apiece?  You get one of the largest floating cranes in the world and put Operating Engineers in the seat. 

Operators Ron Burgess and Doug Cormey, along with a crew of mechanics and ironworkers will ensure that the mammoth Tappan Zee Bridge project gets done right. Burgess has been an operator for 30 years and calls this job the pinnacle of his career. 
“You don’t want your head to get too big, especially what we do.  It’s a very dangerous job and you always have to double and triple-check yourself when you’re doing something,” Burgess said.  

Burgess is a third-generation operator and was able to give his father Ray a tour of the Left Coast Lifter earlier this year. Ron got his start in the industry working with his father in the mid 1980’s redecking the previous Tappan Zee Bridge. “He was excited, but he tried to contain it”, said Ron of his father’s reaction to the Left Coast Lifter.  

While the crew has been training on the crane for several months, their official work is expected to start in mid-December when they set the first concrete tubs weighing 500-600 tons.  
See more information at the
Poughkeepsie Journal

Crane Industry News

​Local 137 and the Left Coast Lifter

Day in the Life of a Helmets-to-Hardhats Electrician