Welcome to the website of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 965. Local 965 serves the operating engineer needs of fifteen counties in Central Illinois including: Adams, Brown, Cass, Christian, Dewitt, Logan, Macon, Menard, Morgan, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, and Shelby. Besides the construction branch, Local 965 also represents shop, quarry and public sector employees throughout this region.
Local 965 was chartered by the International Union of Operating Engineers on April 22, 1931 when twenty-three International Union of Operating Engineers Local 7 members petitioned the International for a hoisting and portable charter. At that time, the twenty-three men were building the Spaulding Dam in Springfield, Illinois. Today, Local 965 membership is slightly below 1600 members. Local 965 is self insured for health care and participates in one of the best pensions in the United States, the Central Pension Fund. Local 965 members participate in our Health Reimbursement Account and can take advantage of our fine training facilities. The Chuck Smith Memorial Scholarship is available to Local 965 children and grandchildren each year.
To learn much more about Local 965 and the above mentioned benefits and programs, please continue your visit throughout our website.