BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY – Throughout his tenure as State Senator for the 40th Senate District, Terrence Murphy has built an impeccable reputation as the type of man who will look out for hard working union members and their families. In a show of their strong support, the International Union of Operating Engineers (I.U.O.E.) Local 137 has endorsed Terrence Murphy in his bid for a third term in the State Senate.
“The operating engineers, as much as anyone, have helped build America and Canada. The Golden Gate Bridge, Panama Canal, the Empire State Building, Holland Tunnel, Statue of Liberty, Alaskan Pipeline and Hoover Dam are testaments to the skills of the members of the I.U.O.E.,” said Senator Murphy. “I am proud to be associated with The I.U.O.E., which is building a better tomorrow for its members. I look forward to continuing to work with the I.U.O.E. to increase employment opportunities for its member’s and all workers here in the Hudson Valley.”
“Senator Murphy is a true friend of labor, a man whose actions mirror his words,” stated Jeff Loughlin, Business Manager for I.U.O.E. 137. “Since first being elected in 2014, he has consistently found ways to work with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve the lives of the hardworking men and women of this state. Passing milestone legislation, such as the Davis-Bacon Act, keeps unscrupulous employers out of New York, which protects local workers, their families and taxpayers nationwide. In addition, Senator Murphy’s work on behalf of the 1.200 employees at Indian Point has been unmatched. He had emerged as the true voice of reason and we all recognize his making it a priority to save the jobs of those who ae impacted.”
Headquartered in Briarcliff Manor, Local 137 represents the Operating Engineers in Westchester, Putnam, and parts of Dutchess County. Operating Engineers operate and maintain heavy equipment such as cranes, loaders, backhoes, excavators, forklifts and bulldozers that help build the roads, bridges, tunnels, buildings and our infrastructure.
Members of Local 137 worked on the largest infrastructure project in New York and one of the largest in the nation, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo aka Tappan Zee Bridge. Other projects include the DEP Water Tunnel Project in Dutchess County, the new Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, and the Cricket Valley Power Plant in Dover.
Founded in 1896 as the National Union of Steam Engineers of America, the I.U.O.E. currently represents roughly 400,000 workers in approximately 170 local unions and operates nearly 100 apprenticeship programs.
The first Canadian workers joined the fledgling union in 1897. To reflect this expansion across the border, the union’s name was changed to the International Union of Steam Engineers.
Their unique ability made the steam engineers vital to the operation of steam-driven construction equipment introduced on a large scale at the turn of the century.
Operating engineers flocked to San Francisco to rebuild the city after it was turned to rubble in the earthquake of 1906 and later dug the Panama Canal. With an of more construction workers signing on, the union changed its name to the International Union of Steam and Operating Engineers in 1912.
As members began working with internal combustion engines, electric motors, hydraulic machinery and refrigerating systems, as well as steam boilers and engines, the word “steam” was dropped from the union’s name and in 1928, with the name evolving into the International Union of Operating Engineers.
The I.U.O.E. would see thousands of its members contribute to America’s efforts in World War II as members of the U.S. Navy’s Seabees. The Seabees were skilled construction men who carved out bases, airfields and roads in war zones from the beaches of Europe to the DMZ of Korea to the jungles of Vietnam. Today, its members are reaping the rewards of the sacrifices and foresight of their predecessors.