IUOE Local 37 opens new office in Edgemere
Monday, 30 December 2013 15:36

Local politicians joined members of IUOE Local 37 for a ribbon-cutting at the union’s new office on North Point Boulevard.
photo by Nicole Rodman

Ribbon-cutting draws local elected officials

by Nicole Rodman

    A cheer rose up from the crowd as the ribbon was cut on International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 37’s new office on Dec. 20.
    The new headquarters is located at the former State Farm Insurance office at 3615 North Point Boulevard.
    Established in 1900, IUOE Local 37 represents 1,800 members across most of the state (with the exception of Charles, St. Mary’s, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.)
    IUOE represents heavy equipment operators, mechanics and welders working in the construction industry as well as stationary engineers.
    As the IUOE Local 37 website notes, “Our mission is to provide a decent living wage, comprehensive health care, pensions and annuities for our members.”
    Prior to relocating to North Point Boulevard, the union’s Baltimore office was located on Har-
ford Road.
    The union will continue to operate a satellite office in Cumberland to serve Western Maryland-based members.
    According to IUOE business manager Joseph Shanahan, the union closed the sale on the North Point Boulevard site in early November before moving into the building on Nov. 21.
    The new office is located just one mile from the IUOE Local 37 Apprentice Training site at 5021 North Point Boulevard.
    As Shanahan told The Eagle, IUOE’s decision to move to Edgemere is a display of confidence in the area’s future.
    “We believe that within the future Edgemere and Dundalk will draw industries that will require the skills our members provide,” he explained.
    During a ribbon-cutting  ceremony at the new office, Shanaham explained the criteria used while searching for a new location.
    These criteria included finding a site where the union could be “an asset to the community” and finding “a location that was growing in the economic arena.”
    “Dundalk and Edgemere are communities that will grow in the future,” Shanahan asserted.
    Also on hand for the Dec. 20 ribbon-cutting were politicians including Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, County Councilman John Olszewski Sr., state Sen. Norman Stone and delegates John Olszewski Jr. and Michael Weir Jr.
    During the ceremony, Kamenetz, Olszewski Sr. and Stone offered remarks to the assembled crowd.
    Noting that he himself is a lifetime union member, Olszewski told IUOE members “You do the work for the working class men and women.”
    He also reminded members that, though he will not seek re-election next year, he will remain as their representative until next December.
    Stone also offered congratulations to union members on the opening of their new office.
    Like Olszewski, Stone also made note of the fact that he will not be seeking another term in office.
    Referring to the end of his term next year, Stone said, “After that, I’m sure someone else will work with you.”
    As the ceremony wound down, all of the elected officials lined up to cut the ribbon in front of the office’s front door.
    Concluding the event, Shanahan unveiled a plaque dedicating the new office to former IUOE Local 37 staff member Ronald W. Bucholz Jr., who died in a car accident in May 2012.
    Following the ceremony, Del. Olszewski offered his thoughts on the new office to The Eagle.
    “Anytime any business organization moves in you’ve got people not just working here but spending money, driving the local economy,” he noted, adding. “The engineers are a great organization. It’s nice to have them help anchor the community.”