Nearly 60% of US Approve of Unions

In 2009, 48% of the US approved of labor unions, that has grown to almost 60% in the latest Gallop poll. 

Gallop first polled Americans on their view about organized labor in 1936, the year after the National Labor Relations Act.  At that time 72% approved of unions.  Support for union remained high through the 1960’s, but began to slide in the 70’s-90’s.  Though at the end of the 1990’s it was back up to about 66% approval.

Likewise, the percentage of the US population that would like to see labor unions have more influence has risen from 25% to about 37%. 

Support for unions is higher among women (63%) than for men (52%).  Not surprisingly, support for unions is higher in the East, Midwest, and West than in the South.  A positive sign for our future, young adults, aged 18-34 are the most supportive of any age group. 

Though Americans are more supportive of unions, and an increasing percentage of the country would like for unions to have more influence, over half (53%) believe that unions will get weaker over time. 

How often do we hear, "If the union was stronger in my area, I'd probably join." Workers should realize that they can get what they want and deserve if they will only stick together and start to grow unions themselves.
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Mr DeFeo, CEO of Terex, said, “This merger brings together two great businesses and through synergies provides another lever that is within our control to deliver value-creation to both the shareholders of Terex and Konecranes. We have a deep respect for Konecranes and look forward to joining forces with them to build a stronger and more diverse company that will be in an excellent position to succeed in a dynamic and highly competitive global industry.”

Mr Gustavson from Konecranes added, "The combination of Konecranes and Terex is a defining step in the history of both companies. With a focus on lifting and material handling solutions, Konecranes Terex will be in an excellent position to deliver enhanced growth in revenue and margins through several strategic advantages, including significant cross-selling opportunities. There is a common culture between the two organisations, with both companies having long histories of designing competitive and innovative solutions. Together, we will have the opportunity to expand what Konecranes and Terex have built and become even stronger in the future."


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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 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.   

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Terex Merges with Konecranes

In a “merger of equals” deal, Terex and the Finnish Konecranes will become one company.  While 60% of the new company will be owned by Terex shareholders, and 5/9 of the board of directors will come from Terex, the new company will be called Konecranes Terex and will be organized in Finland.  It is expected to have about $10 billion in revenue. 

The company will also maintain “significant headquarters” at both the Connecticut HQ for Terex and in Finland.  The new company will employ about 32,000 workers.  

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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!

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! 


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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.

Check out the September 2015 Hoisting News! 

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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