History

Review the timeline to see where we came from to where we are going.

  1. Eleven men meet at the Elliott Hotel in Toronto and decide to request a charter.

  2. The Royal York hotel in Toronto was built by Local 793 operators.

  3. The local dwindles to just eight hardy souls, as construction comes to a virtual standstill.

  4. Operating Engineers finish construction on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls.

  5. A boom in the coal trade helps boost membership numbers in the union.

  6. Local 923 in Windsor votes to join Local 793.

  1. The local decides to rent an office at 205 Church Street in Toronto.

  2. Local 793 establishes a training committee in co-operation with other union leaders.

  3. Membership in the local reaches 4,363 members.

  1. Operators work on numerous projects, including a new city hall in Toronto.

  2. The local tears down its old office at 205 Church Street.

  1. The first issue of 793 Operator is published in August 1974.

  2. A pension plan and life and health benefits plan are introduced.

  3. The trade of hoisting engineer is formally recognized.

  1. The union buys a new head office at 30 Commercial Road in Leaside.

  2. Operating Engineers are involved in a number of strikes.

  3. An office is opened for the OETIO.

  4. Local 793 members march in the Labour Day Parade in Toronto.

  5. Operators in the sewer and watermain industry strike for 3 weeks before settling on a contract.

  6. More than 70 Operating Engineers work on the SkyDome (Rogers Centre) in Toronto.

  1. Local 793 operators participate in demonstrations across the province.

  2. The local is put under International supervision due to financial problems.

  3. Local 793 members join other unions at a rally in Toronto to protest the Tories.

  4. On Aug. 20, 1996, Local 793 is released from International supervision.

  5. In July 1998, members working under the provincial collective agreement go on strike for 3 weeks.

  1. The provincial Tories are ousted from power thanks to the Working Families Coalition.

  2. In May 2004, Local 793 members picket for 3 weeks in Toronto roadbuilding sector.

  3. On Oct. 2, 2004, a groundbreaking ceremony is held at site of new head office.

  4. On Aug. 19, 2005, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is held at the union’s new head office.

  5. Head office is named at the Oakville Urban Design Awards as the best commercial building.

  6. In May 2012, heavy equipment operators in Essex and Kent counties spend 12 days on strike.

  7. Local 793 celebrates its 90th anniversary with a dinner-dance at The Royal York Hotel.

  8. In 2014, Local 793 receives news that its charter has been expanded by the IUOE.

  9. On April 28, 2015, Local 793 officially dedicates a memorial garden and monument at head office.

  1. In 2016, Local 793 completes a renovation and expansion project at the OETIO in Morrisburg.