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IUOE Local 132

On the eve of the darkest decade in the history of the United States following the stock market crash of October, 1929, a small group of equipment operators made an unsuccessful attempt to organize and form a local union under charter of the International Union of Operating Engineers. The Depression and high unemployment rates made organizing almost impossible. The New Deal administration of President Franklin Roosevelt, from 1933-1940, failed to restore American employment and industrial production to their 1929 levels. But, by public investment and wholesale restructuring of the economy, above all by accustoming the public to economic leadership from Washington, they prepared the country for a predominant role in the Second World War, which brought complete economic recovery. The revitalization of economy and the National Labor Relations Act of July 5, 1935 renewed the attempt for workers to organize under the banner of the Operating Engineers.

On May 1, 1935, ten men organized and filed for a charter under the banner of the International Union of Operating Engineers. This was the formation of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 132, Charleston, West Virginia. By the end of the year, there were 34 members. William W. Taylor was elected as the first Business Agent and G.L. Casey was elected President.


606 Tennessee Ave PO Box 6770
Charleston , West Virginia , 25362-6770
United States