Happy Thanksgiving from IUOE Local 4

November 23rd, 2023|

Brothers and Sisters, This Thanksgiving holiday, I want to express my gratitude to you — our members. Your hard work, dedication, and commitment to one another are what make IUOE Local 4 such an outstanding
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Welcome Message from Business Manager Michael Bowes

More than 5,000 members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 4 are building our communities across the New England region. We’re proud to maintain our union’s mission of fostering safe workplaces, fighting for workers’ rights, and taking action to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in the trades.

As the leading heavy equipment organization, Operating Engineers Local 4 prides itself on delivering world-class results for over 125 years. Local 4 heavy equipment operators, mechanics, surveyors, equipment house employees, and wastewater technicians are experts in their field, setting the standard for high-quality construction throughout Eastern Massachusetts, Eastern New Hampshire, and the state of Maine. We’re proud to consistently get the job done right, on time, and on budget.

Local 4’s distinction begins with the extensive apprenticeship and training opportunities available at our facilities in Canton and Medway, Massachusetts. Members receive state-of-the-art training, licenses, and certifications needed to upskill and advance their careers. We also encourage members to take advantage of the continuing education programs we provide, including OSHA, Hazmat, NCCCO, forklift, and more.

Through thoughtful and intentional collaboration with our partners, we uphold industry-leading wages, work conditions, and benefits for all. These benefits ensure our members have access to great healthcare, retirement, and a pension plan.

Local 4 members and contractors are the backbone of this great Union. We’re grateful for their contributions and commitment to helping the organization grow, fostering community, and becoming fraternally united. 

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.

Michael Bowes
Business Manager
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4


Brothers and Sisters,

I hope this message finds you well and in good spirits. It is with immense pride and a deep sense of responsibility that I take on the role of Business Manager of this great Local. It is an honor to serve Local 4, and I am committed to maintaining our union’s mission of promoting safe workplaces, fighting for workers’ rights, and advocating economic opportunity for all.

I’m looking forward to meeting and working with Local 4 members, contractors, and partners in this new role as we work in collaboration to strengthen and grow our community of brothers and sisters. Together, we will continue to raise the bar and lead with action in the construction industry.

Furthermore, I look forward to working with Training Coordinator, Michael Carey, to advance our world-class Apprenticeship and Training Program to shape a bright workforce today and for the future. We’re incredibly fortunate for our expert staff and state-of-the-art training facility that helps apprentices succeed and thrive in life and at work.

Thanks to the former Business Manager, William McLaughlin, our Health and Welfare, Pension, and Annuity Funds are in excellent condition. Maintaining and expanding upon this strong foundation is a vital responsibility entrusted to me, in collaboration with our great Trustees and Funds Administrator, Greg Geiman. Together, our focus will always be to serve the best interests of members and beneficiaries.

I’m also pleased to welcome two new organizers, Tayla Rose and Ryan Mancini, as our great Local seizes the moment to secure and strengthen our market share, ensuring that we remain a formidable force in the current climate.

I am eager for the busy work season ahead, and I am confident that the work outlook will continue to be robust and provide ample opportunities for the Operating Engineers throughout the remainder of 2023 and into 2024.

As always, the Union Hall is here for any questions that you may have. Please stay safe this season and keep up the good work!