For over one hundred years, the Heart of Illinois Iron Workers have been building part of the Midwest, bolt by bolt, beam by beam. Each day, our hard working men and women enjoy the unique pride they feel when looking at a skyline they helped to create or a building they helped to build. It is a sense of pride that they can show their families the accomplishments they have helped create. Ironworking is a way of life, unlike most American professions, where our members enjoy an unusually high quality of life. While most Americans spend their days in stuffy offices or stressful retail environments, our ironworkers are high in the sky with the sun shining on their faces and the wind blowing through their hair.

Since 1907, when we received our charter, it has been our mission to make sure that everyone goes home safely to their loved ones every day. Along with completing a job safely without any lost time accidents, we make sure that the job will be completed on time and under budget for our contractors. We secure, by all legal and proper means, adequate wages, working conditions, and opportunities of employment. We also encourage our members to give back to the community and exercise their right to vote. We provide families with decent healthcare, wages, and pensions with the help of our contractors through the labor-management cooperative. In order to be able to have those benefits, it is up to the Iron Worker to provide 8 hours of work for 8 hours of pay. With the training we provide through a 3-year apprenticeship and journeyman upgrading classes, we are considered one of the hardest working skilled trades.

We would like to thank you for visiting our website, and we hope that you have found it helpful and useful. If you have any questions or concerns, or you think that you have what it takes to be an Iron Worker, please feel free to contact us; and whether you wish to learn our craft or you have many years of experience outside of the local union, if you share the same values and commitment to our craft, we would be proud to have you as a brother or sister Iron Workers.