Welcome to the Website of IUOE Local 98

Eugene Melville, JrMy name is Eugene P. Melville, Jr., I am the President and Business Manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 98. I have spent my entire working life in the construction industry. All of our members call me “Mitty”.

Local 98 represents approximately 1,300 members that include heavy equipment operators and mechanics. We also represent equipment house employees and municipality employees throughout our territories. Our territories include Western Massachusetts, Western New Hampshire and the entire state of Vermont.

International Union of Operating Engineers are proven leaders in the construction industry. Local 98 provides trained and skilled engineers to signatory contractors in our construction markets. We also have an effective apprentice program available to entry-level candidates that want to pursue a career in construction.

Local 98 negotiates adequate and sustainable health care and pensions for all of our members.

I encourage you to utilize our user-friendly web site to research and gather any information you may need. If you need to make additional inquires, please call our toll free number 1-800-449-4241 or contact us via email at melville@local98.org.



Eugene P. Melville, Jr.

President/Business Manager

Latest News

Election Results

Executive Board

Mike Jones Jr. 145
Paul Wilk 160
Aaron Bauer 65
Clement Hils, Jr. 88
Eric McGrath 140
Wayne Tetreault 87
Joseph Rice 155

Upcoming Meeting

September 2015 Monthly Meeting

The September Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday, September 28, 2015.

7:00 pm
Local 98 Training Site
102 East Plumtree Road
Sunderland, MA

2014 Edward Kennedy Award for President/Business Manager Melville

2014 Edward Kennedy Award

President/ Business Manager Melville accepts the 2014 Edward Kennedy Award from the Western Mass/Berkshire county Building Trades in recognition for his efforts in supporting worker’s rights and working families in the region. Left to right – President of Mass Building Trades, Frank Callahan, Mitty, President of Berkshire Central Labor Council, Brian Morrison and President of…


A Unique Union

We are one of two hoisting and portable locals in the State of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and the only hoisting and portable union in the state of Vermont.

As you browse through our web site you will see that we provide upgrade training to our members as well as a quality apprenticeship program for new members.

We also have a very aggressive organizing program in place. This assures a high standard of living to our members and offers the same opportunity to other workers who perform operating engineer type work in our jurisdiction for their current employers.

We ask for your patience as the process of developing a web site is new to us.

We invite you to follow along as we build our site and feel free to get involved and send your comments and suggestions to melville@local98.org.


If you are out of work, it is your responsibility to call the Union Hall to put your name on the “Out of Work List”. This will enhance your opportunity for work during the winter months. If you are working, please call the Union Hall and have your name taken off the “Out of Work List”. This will help to keep a more accurate list of who is available for work.

Green’s Insult to Union Families




We encourage all members to become NCCCO certified. This will be a great opportunity to enhance your marketability and provide work year round.

Doug Fay – 413-548-9508