Welcome to the Web Site of IUOE Local 98

Local 98 will be closing at 12:00 noon on November 26, 2014


will be closed on November 27 & 28, 2014 

Thank you to everyone who voted "NO" on Question #3



413-525-4291    800-449-4241     7:30am - 4:00pm

My 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


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.



Congratulations to Business Manager/President Mitty Melville on receiving the
Building Trades Union Activist of the Year Award for 2012.



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

Doug Fay - 413-548-9508




    Download GREENSINSULT.pdf 



Dear Participants: 

The Board of Trustees of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 98 Pension Fund has received the Fund's Actuarial Valuation effective January 1, 2008 and the Fund's Consultants and Actuaries have confirmed that the Pension Fund satisfies ERISA from an Actuarial standpoint.   (More information on pension benefits)

Eugene P. Melville, Jr., Secretary Trustee
Michelle Schweitzer, Administrator

From the desk of Michelle Schweitzer-Administrator:

Please note these additional benefits that you have as a participant with Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA:

     You have acces to the Blue Care Line where you can speak to a nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The number is 1-888-247-BLUE (2583).

    Your Fitness Benefit can save you or your family up to $150.00 per calendar year in qualified  health club membership fees.

    You have a Weight Loss Benefit in a qualified Weight Watcher or hospital-based program.

    You can use the Mail Service Prescription Drug Program.  Order a 90 day supply of most medications for a 30-day copayment.

     To Quit Smoking call toll-free 1-800-TRY-TO-STOP (1-800-879-8678).

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The November Monthly Meeting will be held on 
Monday, November 24, 2014 at
7:00 pm

Local 98 Training Site
102 East Plumtree Road
Sunderland, MA



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