One hundred and twenty-five years ago, eleven determined steam engineers set in motion the formation of what would become, and remains today, one of the strongest labor unions fighting for working men and women in North America.
So it is with great pride that the officers and General Executive Board of the International Union of Operating Engineers congratulate our active and retired membership on achieving 125 years of solidarity and growth.
Reaching our 125-year anniversary is no small feat. Many unions have come and gone over that time, and we have faced our share of challenges since our humble beginnings on that December day in Chicago. But from the very start, strong leaders and proud members have persevered and helped our union succeed and grow, no matter the difficulties.
Our current membership continues to build upon the success of our past. Each and every one of us is called to represent the future of this union – at the training site, on the job and in the union hall. The IUOE will continue to prosper for another 125 years only if we move forward with the same strength and common purpose.