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

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.

Welcome IUOE Local 234 in Iowa to Crane Industry United!  

Crane Industry News

400th Manitowoc 2250 Built
Fincantieri Marine Group’s Bay Shipbuilding division recently took delivery of the 400th 2250 built by Manitowoc.  This is the 5th Manitowoc crawler currently in Bay Shipbuilding’s fleet (they are retiring one with 30 years of service later this year).  

“This is really exciting for us.  It doesn’t matter if we’re taking delivery of the 40th or the 400th Manitowoc 2250, we are extremely pleased to add a quality-built asset like this crane to our business,” said Thomas Martin, director of purchasing and facilities at Bay Shipbuilding.  “We are big fans of Manitowoc Cranes and the service that backs them.  Even better is that we’re purchasing the crane from our neighbors in Wisconsin.” 

​See more at Construction Equipment's website.

United Rentals Joins S&P 500
The S&P 500 is a listing of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States.  It is a market-value weighted index, based on market size, liquidity and industry grouping.  Last week, equipment rental giant United Rentals made the list for the first time.  

Founded in 1997, United Rentals has 832 locations in 49 states and 10 Canadian Provinces.  The company rents everything from pallet jacks to large excavators and forklifts. 

CEO Michael Kneeland - “Our inclusion in the S&P 500 is a testament to the strength of our growth strategy, the hard work of our employees, and the loyalty of our customers. We are proud that our commitment to value creation has placed us among some of the most respected companies in the world on the S&P 500."

See more atVertikal.netand theUnited Rentals website.