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Welcome Message from Business Manager Bill McLaughlin

Across New England, more than 5,000 members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4 are building communities, promoting safe workplaces, taking advantage of state-of-the-art training, and advocating economic opportunity for all.

Operating Engineers Local 4 has a long history of delivering world-class results. For over 120 years, we’ve been setting the standard for high-quality construction throughout Eastern Massachusetts, Eastern New Hampshire, and the state of Maine. Whether you need heavy equipment operators, mechanics, surveyors, equipment house employees, or wastewater technicians, you can count on us to get the job done right, on time, and on budget.

Our excellence starts with the apprenticeship and training opportunities we provide at our facilities in Canton and Medway, Mass. Members receive training, licenses, and certifications needed to upgrade existing skills and acquire new ones throughout their careers. We focus on OSHA, Hazmat, NCCCO, forklift, and other continuing education programs. And in working with our partners, we’re ensuring industry-leading wages and benefits for all.

If you’re a Local 4 member or contractor, thanks for your work in helping grow and strengthen our union. If you are not yet affiliated with Local 4, here’s a place where you can learn more about our dynamic work and how to get involved.

In Solidarity,

Business Manager
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4


Brothers and Sisters, I hope that you are enjoying this great time of year!

As expected, 2022 has proven to be busy so far. Between recent elections, successful contract negotiations, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Ruling against Big Tech with a victory for Massachusetts is not for sale, our Apprentice graduation, an abundance of work, and more, there has surely been much to do. I am confident that the abundant work forecast will continue throughout the rest of the year. 

This election cycle, our members had the opportunity to pursue positions as Officers of IUOE Local 4 and serve as Delegates to the 40th International Convention. During our May Union meeting, the entire team of candidates was nominated and elected without opposition. Congratulations to those involved in this important process. Also, we’re proud to announce our new 5-year collective bargaining agreement with no language changes.

The Local 4 Health & Welfare Plan recently hosted its inaugural 5k event at Medway High School. This was a great opportunity to get moving and spend time together as a community. Thank you to all who attended and participated. Though this event has passed, we have a number of opportunities in the rest of 2022 for you to spend time with your Brothers and Sisters. On September 11, the Operating Engineers Local 4 Charitable Foundation, Inc. will be hosting its 5th Annual Golf Outing at Stow Acres. This year, we’ll be raising funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. I hope to see you there.

On behalf of our Local 4 team, congratulations to the 2022 graduates from our Apprenticeship and Training Program. These 16 individuals have proven their skill, dedication, and drive over the past 4 years. I am pleased to officially welcome them as full journeypersons in our Local. 

Please be sure to check out our Summer News Magazine for additional updates and news. Thank you for your dedication and involvement this season!