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! 


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. 

Corporate Leaders Surveyed
​Two Harvard Business School (HBS) professors, Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin, released a report this week titled, “An Economy Doing Half Its Job”.  They advocated for businesses to start improving the living standard for their workers. 

IUOE Work in Energy and Infrastructure

CCO Operators needed immediately

IUOE Local 450 needs 75-100 CCO certified operators for immediate and upcoming turnaround work in the Houston area.  Openings for both large and small certifications, some require TWIC, some do not.  

Call Local 450 for more information - 936-258-5516 extension 102.

We know what you are thinking.  Eh, another Ivy League liberal college says that we need to redistribute wealth. This is the Harvard BUSINESS School.  Undoubtedly one of the most conservative oriented, business friendly institutions in the world.  In fact, over 3 times as many Fortune 500 CEOs have MBAs from Harvard Business School as the next leading college.   

Also, you might be thinking…Why is this important to me?  I’m an equipment operator making more money than I ever have! As we’ve pointed out before, the current boom in the industry is not a permanent thing.  A better way for you to get lasting higher wages and better benefits is through forming a union.  

Now on to the important information.   They surveyed about 2,000 HBS alumni (40% of whom were CEOs, managing directors, founders, etc.) about the conditions at their own businesses and their opinions on the outlook for US companies.  Their study found that while the economy is improving greatly for the most skilled in the workforce and corporate profits are at record levels, executives are pessimistic about increasing pay or improving the lives of American workers.  They noted that we have a “troubling divergence” in the economy…one where most businesses are doing very well, but the middle and working class are not.  

•    27% of the survey respondents said that US workers would be earning higher wages in 3 years. 
​•    40% said that workers would be earning less in three years.  

“Our alumni are optimistic about the prospects of firms and not nearly so optimistic about the prospect of higher wages and benefits.  That’s not sustainable,” Rivkin said.  “Unless workers are doing well, businesses won’t prosper.”

“What we’re trying to do is highlight the fact that true competitive success in any economy and true prosperity means that both businesses and the aver worker benefit and gain,”
Porter said.  

Their study results are also supported by the latest Federal Reserve’s Survey on Consumer Finances.  It showed that on average US incomes have risen by 4% in the last three years…but most of that has been concentrated at the very highest earners.  For the average family, income has dropped by 5% in the same time period.    

See more at the Boston Globe article.