The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), is a progressive, diversified trade union that primarily represents Operating Engineers, who work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors in the construction industry, and Stationary Engineers, who work in operations and maintenance in building and industrial complexes, and in the service industries. The IUOE also represents nurses and other health industry workers as well as significant numbers of public employees engaged in a wide variety of occupations.
Founded in 1896, the IUOE today has 400,000 members in some 170 local unions throughout the United States and Canada. The IUOE is the 12th largest union in the AFL-CIO. Further, nearly 100 apprenticeships and training programs ensure that IUOE members are highly trained, highly skilled craft workers. The IUOE offers employment and training opportunities to all, regardless of race, sex, creed, color, religion, or national origin. Thus, a diverse membership is welcome–a membership that illustrates a commitment to the labor movement and tireless dedication to the industries the IUOE represents.