Welcome to the Website of IUOE Local 98

The next monthly meeting will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019 at the Training Site in Sunderland, Ma.

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.

If you are interested in joining Local 98 please contact our office at 413-525-4291.



1930 – 2019

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of longtime Fund Office employee, Beverly Caron.  Bev was a 35.5-year employee of the Fund Office, and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.  Bev was also the wife of our former Administrator, and 48.5-year member Paul Caron.  Paul began his career as an Operating Engineer in 1946 and was instrumental in the beginning of what we know today as the Health & Welfare, Pension, Training and Annuity Funds, all of which grew tremendously under his watch.  Paul spent his entire working life dedicated to the members and participants of Local 98 until his retirement in 1994, most of that time with his beloved wife Bev by his side.  The legacy Paul & Bev leave behind extends far beyond Local 98.  For all that knew them, the memories they will carry forward will be that of kindness, generosity, and fierce dedication to all that were lucky enough to call them friends.  On behalf of the members of Local 98, the Board of Trustees and Executive Board’s of the Union and Funds, and the Local 98 staff, I extend our deepest condolences to Paul & Bev’s daughter Gayle, her grandsons Adam & Kevin, and to the rest of the Caron family.

Beverly Caron
Local 98 delivered $2500.00 in food donations to benefit the open pantry of Western Massachusetts.
From the proceeds collected at the Local 98 clambake along with member donations $3000.00 worth of toys were donated to Channel 22 News to benefit Toys for Tots.

Please access the following websites for the most current information regarding wage, hours and legislative alerts.

Massachusetts Building Trades Council



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.

Crane Operator Certification Training

We encourage all members to become NCCCO and or OECP certified. This will be a great opportunity to enhance your marketability and provide work year round. Crane operator certification is required by November 10, 2018.

Dave Kazimierczak – 413-548-9508