The Department of Labor (DOL) recently released their long awaited proposed rule to expand apprenticeship programs in the U.S. through an Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP). The regulation creates a parallel track of apprenticeship that no longer has to go through the process of registering and maintaining accountability to the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship or a State Apprenticeship Council. The current proposal excludes construction, and does not allow the parallel system to exist in the sector. But we need to make sure the exclusion stays in place in the final version of the rule.

It’s time to make our voices heard and stop the assault on our training.
Send an email right now to the Department of Labor:
Tell them to protect IUOE apprenticeships.
If you would like to submit comments as a friend or family member of an IUOE member, please visit the website 


Member’s Corner a place to share your old stories with your Brother’s and Sister’s.  If you would like to share a story, contact the hall.


George Comer, Jr – George is a 50+ year member of our local.  He has shared a few stories from his years in the local.  Click to read his stories.
G.Comer Stories 


John Simon & Friend

This is an Old Northwest Model 25 Shovel. The Shovel was sitting in downtown Washington, DC for years. It has CAT engine with a pony motor. The pony motor was locked up. I converted it to electric start. The shovel has been restored and is currently in a museum.

Clarence Boston & Slick McGee

I was a charter member of the Baltimore Washington Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA).  They hold sandbox shows all over the USA.  This show was held off Earls Road back in the 1990’s.

CCO Practice

Tom Leopold’s son Tommy practicing for the COC test.  The crane is a t43.  I restored it and Gene Anderson painted it.  It has a clambucket on it.

Crane Lesson

Zac Comer getting a crane lesson on the 143 from his grandpop.  We took the 143 to sandox shows in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Stacking 50 ton slabs

Brian Williams stacking 50 ton slabs with CJW’s Lima 2400

King of the Road

Shelby GT500KR. Car was bought in Springfield, Illinois. I drove the care home in a snow storm.  I did repairs and brought back to stock.

Bought in 1983 – $16,000
Sold in 2006- $170,000
Sold new in 1968- $5,800

C.J. Langenfelder & Son, Inc.
CJ Langenfelder

Working people in America will no longer accept economic rules written of, by and for the wealthiest few.  We refuse to accept the reality of struggling to make ends meet in the richest country in the world at its richest point in history. We can do better. We must do better. And so we demand rights that ensure we are able, through ourwork, to lead better lives.

Working people demand the right to come home safely at the end of the day. We demand the right to be paid enough to support ourselves and our families. We demand the right to quality health care, paid time off to spend with family, a schedule that is flexible and fair, and protection from discrimination. Finally, after decades of
hard work, we demand the right to retire with dignity and security.

We demand a comprehensive Workers’ Bill of Rights.  Standing together in unions and working with all who share our values, we will make this bill of rights a reality for all working people.

All working people have the right to:

A Good Job with Fair Wages: Everyone who wants to work has the right to a good job where we earn a fair return on our work and receive a wage that allows us to support ourselves and our families.

Quality Health Care: regardless of income, job or a preexisting condition.

A Safe Job: free from harassment and violence.

Paid Time Off and Flexible, Predictable Scheduling: to spend time with family or care for ourselves or a loved one.

Freedom from Discrimination: in hiring, firing and promotions.

Retire with Dignity: and financial security. Education: public K-12, higher education and career training that advances our knowledge and skills without leaving us in debt.

Freedom to Join Together: with our co-workers for better wages and working conditions, whether we are in a union or not.

A Voice in Democracy: to freely exercise our democratic voice through voting and civic participation so that we can make sure our government stands up for this Workers’ Bill of Rights