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    • A message from General President James T. Callahan

      American democracy can be messy, but now that the 2020 presidential election has culminated in a clear winner being declared, I would like to take this opportunity to address each and every Operating Engineer household in the hope that a new period of national healing may now commence.

      It is my desire that each and every member of this great organization continue to prosper and grow in the American middle-class. I believe that our common goals for a safe and productive career outweigh any and all allegiance to political party. No matter where we live, our commonality as Operating Engineers is the bond that unites us; it is stronger than any issue that divides us.

      Throughout our history, IUOE members have never wavered when this great nation has been called to higher purpose. Through every war dating back to our founding 125 years ago, Operating Engineers have served and sacrificed on the battlefield. We have been an integral part of the industrial supply chain in factories and shipyards, producing tanks, armaments, aircraft and warships to stamp out tyranny around the world.

      Operating Engineers are the brave souls who run towards the natural and man-made disasters that threaten our country and our communities. We serve on the frontlines, restoring order and calm, caring for the sick and injured, then building back better and stronger. Our Stationary brothers and sisters carry on by keeping newly restored structures safe and operational. Our work has been recognized as “essential” by state and local authorities during the pandemic.

      I have stood in amazement and pride to watch the generosity of our members, as you donate your time, expertise and funding in your communities and to those less fortunate. Millions of people who have benefited from this generosity will never know your name or the career you have chosen, but credit is never sought by those who live by the credo, “There but for the grace of God, go I.”

      It is for these reasons that I do not view the members of this amazing union through the lens of political affiliation. I see clearly what makes us great. We are members of the highest skilled workforce in North America.

      Therefore, let our message to every elected official of every political stripe be very clear. We are united in protecting the tenets of our great organization–our right to organize, our right to picket unfair practices, and our right to collectively bargain. We demand access to affordable healthcare for us and our families. Lastly, we have a reasonable expectation to retire with dignity through our union pension. On these issues, nothing can divide the hardworking men and women of the Operating Engineers.

      In closing, I respectfully remind us all that regardless of whether we identify as Republicans or Democrats, we all read in one way or another from the same bible. We hope and pray for our loved ones, we wish to build a better America for our children, we fear for the health of our families during this pandemic, and we strive for a better tomorrow. I have faith that we will come through this period of history more determined and more united than ever before.
      May God bless the Operating Engineers.

      In solidarity,

      James T. Callahan

      General President

      Brothers and Sisters,

      As you are aware, public health officials have discouraged all gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

      In light of the growing concern for the health and safety of our employees, we have decided to restrict the entry of
      non-employees to our offices. While both our Union and Welfare offices remain open at this time, we are offering reduced hours.
      The union hall will be open Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 3:30pm - Lunch will be 12:30 to 1:00.
      We are asking members to make any deliveries and drop-offs in our drop-box at the main entrance. 
       Our phone lines also remain open for any questions or concerns

      Fraternally yours,

      Jeff Loughlin






      The International Union of Operating Engineers
      Local 137 Apprenticeship Fund admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

      Greetings from Business Manager Jeff Loughlin

      Welcome to the Website of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 137.

      Local 137 represents the Operating Engineers in the Counties of Westchester, Putnam and parts of Southern Dutchess. Operating Engineers operate and maintain heavy equipment such as cranes, loaders, backhoes, excavators, forklifts and bulldozers which helped build the roads, bridges, tunnels, buildings and infrastructure that keep our nation moving ahead.

      Currently, our members are working on two major hospital building projects, those being the Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY., and the addition to White Plains Hospital. Most recently, Local 137 members completed two other major projects. In the Spring of 2013, Operating Engineers began work on the replacement of the former Tappan Zee Bridge, and in June 2020, the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge was completed. This massive project was one of the largest infrastructure projects in our nation, and employed over 500 Operating Engineers from many different locals in the Northeast, in addition to members of Local 137 and 825.

      In 2017, Local 137 began The Cricket Valley Power Plant Project in our northern jurisdiction of Dover, New York, and completed the project in May 2020. This project took two and a half years to complete and employed over 100 Local 137 members as well as over 1,100 other tradesmen and tradeswomen.

      Ongoing work continues on two DEP Tunnel Projects. These two projects continue to provide Local 137 members with steady employment.

      High-rise building construction is also providing work for our Tower Crane Operators. Local 137 members are anxiously waiting for two other major projects to begin. One will be another Tunnel Project and the other will be the de-commissioning of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, which is scheduled to begin in late 2021. These two projects will employ many Local 137 members for years to come.

      As always, we are united in solidarity and proud to be Operating Engineers. Our wishes for health and safety go out to you and your families.

      Please review each tab to learn more about Local 137 and if you have any questions, please contact our web-manager at webmaster@iuoelocal137.com.


      Jeff Loughlin
      Business Manager


      Local 137 Union Hall

      Tappan Zee Bridge

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