Highlights of Local 165’s (Peoria County) History
w 1901 – a Peoria-based “Hod Carriers & Building Laborers Union” founded
w1903 – A Peoria-based “Laborers” union (for any worker not in a union)
w American Federation of Labor Federal Labor Union 8857 chartered Jan. 31, 1901 as the “Hod Carriers & Building Laborers Union.” The AFL chartered local unions without an international as “Federal Labor Unions,” meaning they were AFL directly affiliated.
w 1901 officers - Thomas Sylvester Dennis – first President; Charter members included:
Thomas S. Dennis, Ed Trunk, R. Thompson, W. Collins, John Torris, Fred Fisher & John Scanlin
w April 27, 1903 Sewer workers organized in this union strike to win a pay increase from $1.25 a day to $1.75
w April 1903 – International Hod Carriers & Building Laborers Union (AFL) organized.
w In 1908, the Peoria organized “Hod Carriers & Building Laborers Union,” 400 members strong, voted to affiliate with the International Hod Carriers & Building Laborers Union of North America.
w In 1913 this Peoria union affiliated with the Hod Carriers (LiUNA), founded in 1903.
w As World War I ended, Peoria-area trades pushed to expand members. Local 165 added 100 new members in 1919, 58 in 1920.
w Charles Barden, former business manager for Local 165, was killed in a motorcycle accident in August 1938, while working as a park policeman.
w Peoria Building & Trades delegates 1938 - Earl Metzger, Robert Schlauchter, W.A. Woods
w Peoria Building & Trades officers 1938 included Joe McGrane, Local 165, Vice-President
w 1942 officers
Milton Hasty, business manager,
Ralph Perilless, assistant business manager,
Joseph Lynal, President,
Thomas Bambrough, Vice-President,
George Losh, Financial Secretary,
William Bambrough, recording secretary,
George Benn, sergeant-at-arms,
Trustees: Nick Trunk, C.T. “Swede” Erickson &
Exec. Board: Jude Hill, Ralph Metts
w 1950 officers
George Losh, William Bambrough, Frank Perilless, Harry Hagemer; Joseph McGrane, Cooney James, Zeke Closen, C.T. “Swede” Erickson
w In politics: 1937 - 165 member & officer Joe McGrane runs for city clerk.
w In the community:
May 1938 – 165 members Leonard Buckingham, and Kenneth Eber Lee, who was working under the name of Ted Smith, awarded a Carnegie Medal for rescuing assistant engineer Harry Opper from a pit at Hiram-Walker. Lee died during the rescue
w 1942 -World War II – “Laborers have 125 men in service”
w Wages: 1935 – 75 cents an hour (no benefits)
1939 – 87.5 cents an hour (no benefits)
1962 - $3.375 (no benefits)
1963 - $3.475 (no benefits)
1969 - $4.65 (40 cents for benefit)
1975 - $8.40
2013 $28.60 ($51.96 with benefits)
w Pension rates 1972 - 25 cents an hour
1973 – 35 cents an hour
1976 – 42 cents an hour
1977- 60 cents an hour
1980 – 65 cents an hour
1981 – 85 cents an hour
w 1939 – Over 1,000 Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers strike, protesting not being paid union scale