About Local 701

Local 701 of the International Union of Operating Engineers represents over 3,500 heavy equipment operators, heavy duty repairers, technical engineers and stationary engineers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Since 1918, Local 701 has formed and shaped the roads, infrastructure and skylines of our region.  Today we operate the constructions industry’s largest cranes and most sophisticated pieces of construction equipment.  Our construction members are regularly dispatched onto contracts worth millions of dollars, where hydraulic equipment enables us to work with power and speed. Wherever you go you see our work – from roads and highways to bridges, dams, and power plants to office buildings, high rise condos and hospitals.  If it is a large structure – members of Local 701 were probably part of building it.

Our stationary members are engaged in many facets of the manufacturing industry, food production industry, building maintenance, hospitals, and data center facilities, where we are charged with operations and maintenance of mission and safety critical systems.  Our work includes projects such as destroying the stockpile of old military ordnances stored near Boardman Oregon.

IUOE Local 701 provides many services to our members and signatory contractors including training and continuing education, healthcare and pension programs, and centralized job dispatch.  Training, experience, and professionalism are a key to getting work done on time and on budget.  We firmly believe that our members are the most highly skilled and productive workers in the industry – and provide a greater value to their employers than unrepresented workers.

Apr 100, 2020

Every Member Is The Union

“As a road has to be tailored to the landscape, so the members of Local 701 have had to adjust to their own “landscape” – the economy, labor politics, social currents, and changes in leadership. Each member of the local must make his or hers unique contribution to the union, some by serving in union leadership, others advocating for the local while on the Job, others simply by doing union work. The union has been built, like a road, layer upon layer. Usually we only see the top surface, the flat grade, the union of today. But Local 701 runs much deeper than that. Its Foundations are anchored deep in the past.” Author- Kirsten Bovee

Without knowing about our past, it is impossible to know where we are headed. Here is a brief history of the story of IUOE Local 701:

  • Local 701 was formed in 1918, the first Union in the International designated as “Hoisting, Portable and Shipyard Engineers”.
  • Through the temporary withdrawal of Operators fighting in WWI, and the uphill battle of finding work for the members during the Great Depression, the union kept on going.
  • Our members built the Bonneville Dam and the Pacific Highway during these difficult times.
  • During WWII we built bunkers, bases, shipyards and Hanford. Local 701 members served mightily in the war effort!
  • In the 1950’s and 60’s Local 701 Operators built much of Oregon’s postwar infrastructure: dams, highways, and bridges.
  • By 1960 Oregon was the 5th most Unionized State in the Nation.
  • As of 1969, 5,200 of those Union members were Operating Engineers with Local 701.
  • Through the 1970’s work on Oregon’s infrastructure continued but the political climate was changing along with the Nation’s economy.
  • The 1980’s economy was tough on the Local, but then Mt. St. Helens erupted and the 701 was called in for duty.
  • For two years after the eruption the cleanup and rebuilding work fell under the jurisdiction of Local 701. Our membership doubled to 6,000.
  • Operating Engineers dredged the Toutle, Cowlitz, and Columbia Rivers of the volcanic ash, mud and debris from the floods of the eruption
  • Local 701 members worked around the clock, close to the crater in the “Red-Zone” around the still active volcano.
  • In 1993 a monumental change to Local 701 took place, the merging of Local 87, Stationary Engineers, with Local 701.
  • Throughout the last 100 years Local 701 has continued on through economic good times & bad times, paving the way for those members who would follow…US!
  • Hard Work, Family, Tradition, & Loyalty have built Local 701!


Apr 100, 2020

The members of Local 701 operate a wide variety of equipment.  Some of the most common are listed below.

  • Asphalt – Plants, Paver and Grinders
  • Boring & Tunneling Machines
  • Backhoes – All types and size
  • Blades – Motor graders
  • Bobcats
  • Boom trucks
  • Bulldozers – All types and sizes
  • Compactors – All types and sizes
  • Concrete – Plants, Pavers and Grinders
  • Cranes – All types and sizes
  • Crushers – All types and sizes
  • Derricks and related equipment
  • Dredges and related equipment
  • Drills – All types and sizes
  • Elevators
  • Excavators – All types and sizes
  • Forklifts
  • GPS – Grade Setting and checking equipment
  • Heavy Duty Repair and Service equipment
  • Hoisting equipment – All types and sizes
  • Jacking equipment – All types and sizes
  • Loaders – All types and sizes
  • Pumps – Trucks, Portable and Stationary
  • Shovels – Dragline and Clamshell
  • Side Booms
  • Survey – Total station, GPS and Laser scanning
  • Tractors – All types and sizes
  • Trucks – Off-road, Heavy Haulers and Water
  • Underwater and Remote operated equipment
  • Welding Machines

The construction contractors who employ our members do a wide variety of work. Key specialty areas are listed below.

  • Asphalt Paving
  • Boom Truck Service
  • Boring Contractor
  • Bridge and Dock Work
  • Building Contractor
  • Cement Manufacturing
  • Concrete Paving
  • Concrete Pumping
  • Concrete Specialties
  • Crane Rental and Rigging
  • Demolition Contractor
  • Directional Drilling
  • Dredging and Marine Construction
  • Drilling Contractor
  • Excavation and Grading
  • General Contractor
  • Guardrail and Barriers
  • Padding Machines
  • Pile Driving
  • Pipeline
  • Pole Foundations
  • Sand & Gravel and Concrete Producers
  • Signing and Traffic Signals
  • Steel Erector
  • Survey Contractor
  • Underground Utilities

Apr 100, 2020

Sisters of 701 is working on growing, improving, and further establishing ourselves and we need your help.

The goal is to meet our Sisters in the trade (from apprentices to retired members) and exchange ideas on how we can best grow and establish ourselves. Share your input on our volunteer efforts and listen to what is currently in the works. We want to create a network of support, advice, knowledge and information for all women operators and promote additional diversity within our trade.

We know that each woman in our field has something unique to offer and there is always something new to learn. Please consider coming to share your advice, support and wisdom with us so that we can be the strongest we can be.

Please contact Amanda Swenson, Dispatcher at (503) 650-7701 or amanda@iuoe701.com if you have any questions.

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