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Special Release to the Pittsburgh Business Times Awards & Recognitions: Construction Category

January 2010

THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 66 AND JOINT APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM RECEIVED THE PAUL STACKHOUSE AWARD FOR LABOR-MANAGEMENT COOPERATION

WESTERN PA – January 26, 2010 – Among the list of six recipients of the 2009 Paul Stackhouse Award for Labor-Management Cooperation is the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 and Western PA Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program(JATP). Honored in November 2009 at the Lexus Club Room at PNC Park, Steve Columbus, accepted the award on behalf of Local 66, its members and JATP. Presenting the awards was the Western Pennsylvania Labor-Management Alliance. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 and Western PA Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program(JATP). Honored in November 2009 at the Lexus Club Room at PNC Park, Steve Columbus, accepted the award on behalf of Local 66, its members and JATP. Presenting the awards was the Western Pennsylvania Labor-Management Alliance.

The Stackhouse Award is named after Paul Stackhouse, Sr. who was involved in the labor movement from 1937 until his death in 1997. He was a labor leader who had the respect of elected officials and politicians locally, statewide and nationally. This Award is significant to all recipients as it signifies his commitment to enjoining both labor and management together for a common purpose.


Viglione to be Honored

January 16, 2008

PITTSBURGH – Nicholas A. Viglione dedicates a great deal of his free time to helping the local disabled veterans through community programs, but he often recalls the initial days of working with his father in the construction industry. Now retired as an operating engineer, on Saturday, December 29, he will be honored for his 65 years of service with Local 66.

As an operator, Nicholas, worked for Allegheny Asphalt Construction Company for 20 years and for the City of Pittsburgh, and many other contractors. He recalls job sites including the Pittsburgh Regatta in 1984, and working on the nursing building for UPMC. Just a year after beginning his young career as an operating engineer, in 1942 – 45 he served in the US Army, and after being wounded received the Purple Heart & Bronze Medal.

When asked what he would tell a young person contemplating a career with Local 66, “It’s a very good trade. Always master the operating equipment and work hard.”

The Local 66 District #1 Dinner Dance will be held on December 29 at theWestin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. Some 250 honorees in total will be awarded service recognitions of 40, 50, 60 and 65 years – some retired. Local 66 expects about 675 in attendance. This year’s entertainment is the Supremes.

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 is represented by more than 7,000 members in 36 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. For more information about Local 66, go to www.iuoe66.org.


Gerald A. Stockett to be Honored

January 16, 2008

PITTSBURGH/Morgantown -- Gerald A. Stockett enjoys hunting with his son, but he often recalls the days of working at the Mitchell and Hatfield power plants and Point Marion Lock & Dam as an operating engineer. His first job as an operating engineer for Local 66 was to fry coal and stone. On Saturday, December 29, Stockett will be honored for his 50 years of service with Local 66.

Gerald A. Stockett

The Local 66 District #1 Dinner Dance will be held on December 29 at theWestin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. Some 250 honorees in total will be awarded service recognitions of 40, 50, 60 and 65 years – some retired. Local 66 expects about 675 in attendance. This year’s entertainment is the Supremes.

Gerald Stockett, a Morgantown resident, will receive 50 Year Service Award from Local 66.

When asked what he would tell a young person contemplating a career with Local 66, “You would have a great opportunity with the Operating Engineers and they have a good pension.”

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 is represented by more than 7,000 members in 36 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. For more information about Local 66, go to www.iuoe66.org.


Ralph H. Baumgartel to be Honored

January 9, 2008

PITTSBURGH/Murrysville – Ralph H. Baumgartel enjoys working in his yard and spending time with his family, but he often recalls the days of working for Rochez Brothers, Inc. and Cratty Construction as an operating engineer. Now retired 20 years as operating engineer for Local 66, on Saturday, December 29, he will be honored for his 60 years of service with Local 66.

Ralph on a crane some 50+ years ago. One of his first jobs was working on Parkway East with the Rochez Brothers, Inc.

The Local 66 District #1 Dinner Dance will be held on December 29 at theWestin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. Some 250 honorees in total will be awarded service recognitions of 40, 50, 60 and 65 years – some retired. Local 66 expects about 675 in attendance. This year’s entertainment is the Supremes.

Ralph Baumgartel, a Murrysville resident, will receive a 60 Year Service Award from Local 66.

When asked what he would tell a young person contemplating a career with Local 66, “Do a good job every day.”


Clyde English to be Honored

January 9, 2008

PITTSBURGH/Coraopolis – Clyde English enjoys camping and spending time with his family, but he often recalls the days of working side by side with his father in the 60s and 70s. Now retired as an operating engineer for Local 66, on Saturday, December 29, he will be honored for his 50 years of service with Local 66.

The Local 66 District #1 Dinner Dance will be held on December 29 at theWestin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. Some 250 honorees in total will be awarded service recognitions of 40, 50, 60 and 65 years – some retired. Local 66 expects about 675 in attendance. This year’s entertainment is the Supremes.

Clyde English first started working with Local 66 with P-Haddock, Inc. He enjoyed working with his father on sewer and water lines … but wasn’t a fan of the work in the winter time due to the cold conditions. Then, most of the machines were not heated… today operators have the benefits of modern technology. Some of his notable jobs included the work on the runways at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport, the new parking and refueling runways for the Air National Guard of Greater Pitt. Clyde will receive his 50 years of service recognition during the banquet this December.

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 is represented by more than 7,000 members in 36 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. For more information about Local 66, go to www.iuoe66.org.


Acheson, Detts, Green, Horr, and Smiddle to be Honored.

November 2007

Washington County, PA – November 2007 – Enjoying golf, fishing, and grandchildren are a way of life for five residents of theWashington County area. But not too long ago, these gentlemen were working as operating engineers for Local 66. On Saturday, December 29, they will be honored for their half a century of service, each with 50 years, with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66.

The Local 66 District #1 Dinner Dance will be held on December 29 at theWestin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. Some 250 honorees in total will be awarded service recognitions of 40, 50, 60 and 65 years – some retired. Local 66 expects about 675 in attendance. This year’s entertainment is the Supremes.

William Smiddle

William Smiddle is a resident of Canonsburg Borough and now enjoys a great game of golf. At 75 years of age, he will always be a union worker.

His most memorable experience was working on a nuclear plant in Shippenport and he also worked as an operating engineer at job sites including the Pittsburgh T-rail, Century III Mall, and the Pittsburgh International Airport. He will be recognized for 50 years of service.

Donald Detts

Charles E. Green, a Cecil Township resident, will be recognized for 50 years of service. His first job in 1957 was at a mall on Lincoln Highway. When asked if he would do it all again… “I would become an operating engineer again because it kept me busy all the time. I love to move dirt.”

James Acheson, a Union Township, Finleyville resident, worked in Erie on his first job as an operating engineer, but his most memorable experience with Local 66 was working on the tug boats and says that the river life was “exile rating.” When asked what he would tell a young person who is contemplating a career with Local 66, “Listen, listen, and listen. The operators will always help you. It’s amazing what you can learn from the ‘old guys.’” Acheson will be honored for 50 years of service on December 29.

Harold L. Horr, resident of North Franklin Township, enjoys auctions and travel now that he is retired. But some 50 years ago, he trained for 30 days, read a book on how to run a grease truck, and the rest is history. He enjoyed working overseas on various jobs in Saudi Arabia, South America, and West Africa. He will be honored for 50 years of service at the awards banquet this December.

Donald Detts, an Ellsworth resident, will receive the 50 Year Service Award from Local 66. “When asked what he would tell a young person contemplating a career with Local 66, “The Operating Engineers Local 66 provide a young person the skills so they can have a wider scope of employment opportunities,” Detts.

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 is represented by more than 7,000 members in 36 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. For more information about Local 66, go to www.iuoe66.org.


Delo, O'Block, Ritter to be Honored

November 2007

Pittsburgh/Plum Borough, PA – November 2007 – Three retired residents of Plum Borough are enjoying their spare time, as it seems not too long ago, these gentlemen were working as operating engineers for Local 66. On Saturday, December 29, Robert E. Delo will be honored for 50 years, Norman M. Ritter for 60 years, and Paul J. O’Block for 65 years of service with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66.

Robert Delo

Robert Delo will be recognized for 50 years of service. Since his retirement he has built three log homes, from ground up, for his grandchildren. “I was self taught because of my love for the outdoors and heavy machinery. I had the fortitude to excel in multiple machines and loved every minute of it. I never looked back,” said Delo. . When asked if he would do it all again… “Yes … definitely. And, I’m still helping people out when they need an operator. I love it, and miss it.” Some of the job sites that are recognizable today that Delo worked on would include Trax Farms, Grant Street, and the ramps for the Fort Pitt Tunnel.

Norman M. Ritter

Norman M. Ritter worked first for O.E. Block Construction Company after he came home from the service in 1945. He started tp operate heavy equipment and trained all of the time. “I enjoyed operating bull dozers and rubber tired scrappers. I would tell any young person to stick with it because of the wages, benefits and retirement.” Ritter will be honored for 60 years of service on December 29.

Paul O'Block

The Local 66 District #1 Dinner Dance will be held on December 29 at theWestin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. Some 250 honorees in total will be awarded service recognitions of 40, 50, 60 and 65 years – some retired. Local 66 expects about 675 in attendance. This year’s entertainment is the Supremes.

Paul O’Block is a 65-years of service member of Local 66. As he recalls, his only training was “on the job.” His first job was for the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad installing a pipeline, but spent most of his career with A. E. O’Block Construction doing road construction. When asked if he would do it all again, he answered, “Yes. Being an operating engineer allowed me to obtain a fair wage to support my family. I worked with and met a lot of good people and established many lifelong friendships.”

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 is represented by more than 7,000 members in 36 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. For more information about Local 66, go to www.iuoe66.org.


Johnston and Such Honored

November 2007

Butler County, PA – Collecting antique cards and working on cars is a way of life for two residents of the Butler County area. But not too long ago, these gentlemen were working as operating engineers for Local 66. On Saturday, December 29, Lloyd C. Johnston and Harry M. Such will be honored for their half a century of service, each with 50 years, with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66.

The Local 66 District #1 Dinner Dance will be held on December 29 at theWestin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. Some 250 honorees in total will be awarded service recognitions of 40, 50, 60 and 65 years – some retired. Local 66 expects about 675 in attendance. This year’s entertainment is the Supremes.

Lloyd Johnston resides in Middlesex Township with his wife Lucille. At age 74, he enjoys antique cars and trucks but also remembers the days of learning how to operate a crane. When asked how long his formal training was to become an operating engineer 50 years ago, Johnston responds, “Until you learned how to run the crane, you oiled it.” He will be honored by Local 66 at the annual dinner dance this December.

Harry Such resides in Zelienople with his wife Donna. He started out his career in training at a two-year program at Williamsport Technical, PA and began operating a backhoe with the Renick Brothers. When asked what he would tell a young person who is contemplating a career with Local 66, he said, “It’s a good career choice if you like working outside in all weather, and are mechanically inclined.”

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 is represented by more than 7,000 members in 36 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. For more information about Local 66, go to www.iuoe66.org.


THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS HAS RECENTLY PROVIDED SIGNIFICANT DOLLARS TO TWO LOCAL CHARITIES

May 2007

WESTERN PA – The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 has recently supported Autism Speaks and the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA in their endeavors to support individuals of these disabilities. The Operating Engineers Local 66 is represented by more than 7,000 members in 36 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio.

"There is nothing more important or rewarding than to be included in causes that help to support the quality of life for a child or person afflicted with a disability such as autism or Spina Bifida," said business manager, James T. Kunz, Sr., Operating Engineers Local 66.

The Operating Engineers are supporting the 8th Annual Pittsburgh Walk for Autism Research event on Saturday, June 2. In addition to providing walkers for the day's events, the Operating Engineers are a bronze sponsor, providing a $2,500 donation.

The Woodlands provide summer programs for children, teens and adults with Spina Bifida, in addition to facilities for independent living. The Operating Engineers have provided a $3,000 donation to assist with the construction project being performed by Massaro Construction. "It is our hope that this donation will help support the Spina Bifida Association construct a quality facility that meets the needs of those at camp and their families."

Most recently, on April 28, the Operating Engineers also completed many home improvement projects as a partner of Rebuilding Pittsburgh Together. Joining about 400 skilled trades people, they volunteered time and skills and joined in on the largest volunteer home rehabilitation initiative in America.


VOLUNTEERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS WILL JOIN THE 2007 REBUILDING TOGETHER PITTSBURGH PROJECT

April 5, 2007

During Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, 2006, a group of building trade union volunteers, including members of the Operating Engineers Local 66, adds a retaining wall, landscaping and cleanup, and fresh paint to a Pittsburgh home

WESTERN PA - A project supported by hundreds of volunteers from the building trade unions and corporate sponsors, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh Project is a charitable day that will go on to improve the lives of neighbors for days on end. This year, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh will be held on April 28, at 29 homes, one community center, and two community parks.

"It is a very important, and needed project in our community," said James T. Kunz, Jr., business manager, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 66. "Our members look forward to this day as it is an opportunity for us to give of our skill, talent and time to improve the lives of our neighbors."

Operating Engineers' members who sign up to volunteer on April 28 will join various teams that plan to replace and repair many roofs, make homes more accessible for the elderly home owners — adding a first floor bathroom for example, and making homes safer with improved heating and electricity. Two community parks in Lawrenceville will receive a facelift as well.

About 400 skilled trades people representing local trade unions will volunteer their time and skills. In addition, 800 individuals representing corporations, civic groups, congregations, schools, and hospitals volunteer their time to improve the living conditions of homeowners in Allegheny County.

REBUILDING TOGETHER is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly or have disabilities, so they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence. Nationally, this organization was founded in 1988 and is the largest volunteer home rehabilitation initiative in America.

For more information about the Operating Engineers, go to www.iuoe66.org and for Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh at www.rebuildingtogether-pgh.org.