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A Holiday Message from General President Walter Wise 

As 2014 comes to a close, I would like to thank our brother and sister ironworkers, local union leaders, contractors, International officers and staff for a very rewarding year. 

Our commitment to excellence across the U.S. and Canada reflects on our resilient work ethic to complete projects safely, on time, and within budget, while employing the best qualified ironworkers, performing at the highest levels.

The projects you have built are impressive. Your attention to quality in the construction of bridges, buildings, stadiums, arenas, hospitals, towers and wind turbines reflect on the highly skilled training and work ethic our customers have come to expect from the Iron Workers Union.  Alone, our accomplishments are great. Together, they are a record of achievement few can match.

Thanks to your hard work, I am confident we are prepared for new challenges ahead in the coming year.

My sincere best wishes to you and your family for the holiday season and thank you for keeping each other safe.




A Message from General President Walter Wise on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the joys and blessings of the past year. It is a time also for saying thanks to our Iron Worker families and contractors in the United States and Canada for a job well done. Your commitment, creativity and high standards have helped us grow.  As was true with the original Thanksgiving; communication, cooperation and working together can bring amazing results.  I am grateful for your efforts.


As you prepare to travel or stay close to home to celebrate the fruits of this harvest season, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with abundance. 


A Message from General President Walter Wise on Veterans Day/Remembrance Day 

Honor. Courage. Loyalty. These three words signify the commitment to service the men and women in our armed forces in the United States and Canada made, and the sacrifices they and their family members have endured to protect our freedom. 


The history of Iron Workers dates back to 1896. We cherish these key values as we express our gratitude for those who have served our great nations. Your vision, insight and energy—qualities that have made you successful in the military—are all crucial to the success of our union, our contractors and the projects we build. Like veterans, ironworkers take pride in the work we perform. As with your military service, we adhere to the code of our Standards of Excellence, recognizing the importance of world-class training, delivering the objective of a project finished on time and within budget, and committing to the safety of our brethren.


While you no longer don the uniform of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard, your courage and commitment stands as a beacon to us all. It is with gratitude and respect that we are all proud to call you our brother or sister. 


Veterans/Remembrance Day is a day where we take time out of our day to show appreciation for individuals who showed honor, courage and loyalty by putting duty to country first. 


Thank you to all who served.

November 11, 2014

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2014 Safety Intervention

General President Walter Wise, General Secretary Eric Dean, Executive Directory of Safety & Health Steve Rank and IMPACT CEO Kevin Hilton conduct a safety intervention webcast.

August 28, 2014

General President's Video Blogs

Owners and contractors share advice on how ironworkers can improve performance and grow market share.

March 15, 2013


Statement From Iron Workers General President Walter Wise: ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Passes New Safety Standards for Reinforcing Steel and Post-Tensioning

I am pleased to announce that the ANSI A10 Accredited Standards Committee for Construction and Demolition Operations recently voted to approve new amendments to the ANSI A10.9 Concrete and Masonry Standard.  The revised standard contains comprehensive safety standards pertaining to reinforcing steel and post-tensioning operations.  The A10 ASC includes a voting membership of 73 labor and management construction organizations and requires a 66 percent vote for new standards to pass.  The recent A10.9 Concrete and Masonry ballot passed with a 98 percent YES vote.

In January of 2012, Steve Rank, Executive Director of Safety and Health, was appointed as Chairman of the A10.9 Concrete and Masonry Subgroup and worked closely with the A10 ASC members to propose new safety standards developed by the industry coalition of reinforcing steel stakeholders.  The new safety standards address site conditions for crane access and material storage, column guying and stability, formwork inspection and stability prior to access, impalement protection, hoisting and rigging of rebar assemblies, post-tensioning operations, fall protection and special training requirements.

The adoption of new ANSI A10.9 Standards will help the International Association and the industry coalition of reinforcing steel stakeholders to pursue new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards.  The Safety and Health Department will work closely with District Councils and Local Unions to pursue new OSHA Standards in states that currently operate under State Approved OSHA Plans.

I would like to thank the District Councils, Local Unions and the industry coalition of reinforcing steel stakeholders for your efforts to raise the standard of safety performance for our members and contractors in the reinforcing steel industry.

January 11, 2013

General President Walter Wise’s Statement on the Resignation of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis:

The Iron Workers have been a staunch supporter of Secretary Solis throughout her entire career in public service during which her strong advocacy on behalf of working families and the labor movement has never wavered.  Her passion for worker issues; support of workplace safety and against attacks on collective bargaining rights returned the Department of Labor to its original mandate of protecting workers.

Throughout the depths of the economic crisis, as opposition forces claimed regulations, enforcement and organized labor were no longer relevant in the United States, Secretary Solis stood by working families. “They got it backwards,” she told the delegates at our 42nd Convention in Chicago. Sec. Solis, whose immigrant factory worker parents benefited immensely from the collective bargaining rights we enjoy here in the United States, knows firsthand how unions help both individuals and the economy. Her tireless efforts have proven integral to the preservation and expansion of these rights for working families everywhere.

I would like to thank Secretary Hilda Solis, a steadfast friend and ally of the Iron Workers, and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

January 10, 2013

A Special Election Message from our General Officers

President Obama has made his commitment to unions clear. Now, he needs your vote.

President Obama has fought to ensure that projects like the Dulles Rail in Washington, D.C., benefit from quality union labor by increasing Davis-Bacon enforcement.  Yet, Romney promised to repeal Davis-Bacon "on day one," claiming that the Act "forces the government to pay above-average market wages" to labor unions and contributes to "government waste."

As a union ironworker, you have a choice to make this presidential election.  When President Obama urged Congress to pass a vital infrastructure bill to put more Americans back to work, Romney's political party said "no."  Now, where is the investment for our future? The answer is simple: Job-creating infrastructure investments have been blocked by Republican filibusters in the Senate.

A special video message from General President Wise: You have a choice to make in this presidential election.

Fairness & Equality For All: A Special Endorsement Message From General President Wise.