Today, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) local 302, a union covering the entire state of Alaska, as well as the northwest portion of Washington State, became the first labor union to endorse LPAC's Emergency Resolution on Glass-Steagall, national banking, and NAWAPA.
The IUOE was founded in 1896 as the National Union of Steam Engineers of America, and then became the International Union of Steam and Operating Engineers when Canadians joined the union, finally dropping "steam" from their name in 1928 to become the International Union of Operating Engineers. IUOE members work as heavy equipment operators, operating tunnel boring machines, bulldozers, and just about any other machine that moves the earth; as well as mechanics, surveyors, and maintenance of heating and other systems in buildings and industrial complexes.
IUOE local 302 is perhaps the most fitting union to be the first to endorse the NAWAPA XXI resolution, given that when the shovels hit the ground this year in Alaska for NAWAPA, it will be their shovels. IUOE local 302 has a healthy respect for the environment, as well as a healthy disdain for the environmentalist agenda that seeks to block the progress of humanity.