Operating Engineers Union Withdraws From AFL-CIO Heavy and Highway Division
By Sheire Winston
The operating engineers union has dropped out of the Heavy and Highway Division of the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Dept. The May 7 announcement was critical of BCTD operations, and follows the carpenters union withdrawal in March from the AFL-CIO.
The disaffiliation of the carpenters union "will restrict or stymie any efforts to maximize the potential of the heavy & highway operation," Frank Hanley, president of the operating engineers union wrote in a letter to building trades President Edward C. Sullivan. Without the carpenters participation, "the heavy & highway operation has no chance of succeeding," Hanley asserts. The carpenters are not allowed to participate in any BCTD activities since they withdrew from the AFL.
Hanley says he will explore "several options" for the union relating to the heavy and highway work its members perform.