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December 7, 1896

iuoe-webEleven representatives from local unions meet in Chicago to form the National Union of Steam Engineers of America, the forerunner to today’s International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). Working conditions for construction and stationary workers in the late 1800s were appalling: low wages, 60-90 hour workweeks, and few benefits. Today the IUOE represents 400,000 workers in 123 local unions in the United States and Canada.


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