Our History

Building BC since 1931

Our HistorySince 1931, IUOE Local 115 has helped to build some of the most important dam and infrastructure framework in the province–projects British Columbians utilize regularly in their day to day life.

Operating Engineers have worked on the majority of BC’s power-creating dams, including the recently completed John Hart Generating Station Replacement.  Other projects Operating Engineers have built include the Waneta Expansion dam project, the Golden Ears Bridge, the BC Place roof and many more. Operating Engineers also help to protect BC’s communities—they’re the Aerial Firefighters who risk their lives extinguishing wildfires throughout the province.

Local 115 has over 11,000 members who work in a number of industries including crane and heavy equipment operation, road building, aerial firefighting, in addition to hydro-electric dam building and maintenance.  Our slogan, “rise above” refers to our members who work in high-altitude, high-risk environments as well as our approach to protection, compensation and empowerment of workers.

Beyond the great work our members do in the field, Local 115 has a long history of advocating for worker rights, contesting unfair labour practices, promoting fair wages and equitable treatment of both IUOE members and the provincial workforce as a whole.

More information on the extensive history of IUOE Local 115 can be found in the book Firing Iron.