Who We Are
Most IUOE Local 139 members are heavy equipment operators working in the construction industry and running everything from tower cranes to forklifts. We also represent a number of public sector employees in various towns, villages, cities, and counties.
What We Do
Organizing is extremely important to the membership of Local 139. Our organization efforts increase our market share, which means increased bargaining strength.
We’re also politically involved, since nearly all types of work Local 139 members perform involves some level of government funding or government approval. We have developed an active political-action program of more than 500 members who regularly contact their elected officials on our behalf.
Our members are among the best paid in the construction industry. In addition to having access a strong fringe benefit program, they also have one of the best pension programs in America alongside a quality, self-funded health care program.Benefit Information
Working Together for Change
Whenever Local 139 has been an effective force, whether in organizing new contractors, collective bargaining, or in political action, it has come about as a result of members working actively together toward the same goal.
In the most recent past, we have had several dramatic victories: Protecting our interests in the state budget, protecting workers’ right to join a union, fighting a ban on project labor agreements, and negotiating new contracts in Wisconsin’s strong economy. Now we stand ready to do more.Know Your Rights
Making Our Voices Heard
Local 139 works closely all levels of legislators in order to protect our members’ livelihood, way of life and the future of the construction industry in Wisconsin.
The Legislative Action Program is intended to complement our Political Action Committee (our fundraising arm). More than 500 members regularly contact legislators regarding issues that affect us all are being up for debate.
Taking a Stand
It is well known that every politician wants to get re-elected. Constituent support is imperative to that goal. Elected officials are eager to hear feedback from their community. Receiving correspondence from their district can often make a significant impact on their vote. With such a large membership from all over the state, Local 139 has the potential to create a strong grassroots political program.
How You Can Help
We are asking all of our members to consider signing up to contact your elected official should the Union need help. When assistance is needed, Local 139 will contact you. We will send everything you need including information regarding the issue and a sample letter, as well as contact information. If you are interested in participating, please contact Headquarters in Pewaukee.