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Legislative and Political Affairs

The International Union of Operating Engineers represents the interests of more than 400,000 of its members across North America. Collectively with our local unions, we unite the voices of our members on bread-and-butter economic issues at all levels of government, including Congress, federal agencies, state and local governments, and the Canadian national and provincial governments.

These critical issues include:

  • Infrastructure Investments – creating jobs
  • Prevailing Wages –  protecting IUOE members’ living standards
  • Health Care – promoting accessibility and affordability
  • Worker Safety – ensuring protections on the job site
  • Pensions and Retirement – ensuring a secure and dignified retirement
  • Training – promoting skill development and enhancement

Politics is but one key tool for us to get jobs and improve the quality of life for our members and their families. We have to keep politicians accountable to our members, not just at election time but year-round.

IUOE depends on the work and cooperation of local unions, their leaders, and rank-and-file members to do the heavy lifting to influence public policy – electing candidates at the local, state, provincial, and federal levels, regardless of party affiliation, who support key IUOE interests.

IUOE operates the Engineers Political Education Committee (IUOE/EPEC). EPEC Voluntary is the federal political action committee of the International Union of Operating Engineers in the United States, which raises money through voluntary contributions from its members and their families. IUOE then uses these funds to elect candidates and incumbents who will support IUOE members’ interests on key issues in the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and the White House.

Inflation Reduction Act - Summary & Frequently Asked Questions

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 is delivering $270 billion in tax incentives for a range of clean energy projects (e.g., wind, solar, carbon capture, clean hydrogen, nuclear).

On November 30, 2022, Treasury published initial guidance on the IRA’s prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. The initial guidance does not address every detail of implementation.  Treasury is expected to initiate notice-and-comment rulemaking soon to further guide implementation and enforcement of the IRA’s labor standards.

These FAQs are intended to help Building Trades unions assist developers, contractors, and subcontractors navigate the labor standards requirements under the IRA. This document will be modified from time to time to reflect new agency guidance and rulemaking.

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