James M. Sweeney
Jeffrey A. Horne
Jeffrey A. Horne
Jeffrey Horne came into Local 150 in 2001 as as Apprentice. A second-generation member, Jeffrey learned about unionism from his father, Monty. As a member in the field, Jeff worked primarily in drilling and traveled throughout the country on drilling and caisson projects.
In 2015 Jeffrey came on staff as an organizer and worked under Mike Kresge on the Hollywood Crane campaign before taking on South Cook County as Business Agent, where he has overseen large projects including the Ford Manufacturing Plant turnaround and the reconstruction of the I-294 Mile Long Bridge.
Jeffrey took an active role in the negotiations over the District 1-2-3-5 Heavy Highway and Building Agreements in 2021, as well as the first standalone crane agreements for Central and Imperial Crane. In September 2021, the Officers of Local 150 appointed Jeffrey to serve as Vice President.
Michael Kresge joined Local 150 as a dozer operator working for Ryan Central in District 3 in 1994. As a member in the field, he worked on mass dirt projects across Northeastern Illinois.
In 1999, Michael was brought on staff as a member of the Task Force, where he worked on various campaigns before being promoted to an Organizer. As an Organizer, Michael was instrumental in organizing medium and small paving companies in District 3 as part of Operation Blacktop. Michael was promoted once again in 2002 to Business Representative. In this role over the next decade, Michael served the members in Districts 1, 2 and 4.
Michael was promoted to Director of Organizing in 2014, where he has developed strategy for campaigns with Future Environmental, Cranemasters, MacAllister Equipment, Hollywood Crane and dozens of other non-union companies across our entire jurisdiction. He oversees more than a dozen Organizers and Task Force members. He also served as Assistant to the President-Business Manager.
In December 2018, Michael was appointed Vice President by the Officers of Local 150. Following the retirement of Steven Cisco in 2021, Michael was appointed to the office of Recording-Corresponding Secretary. In this role, Michael maintains his oversight of the Organizing Department and plays an active part on all of the benefit funds that members and our families rely upon.
Michael is married with three children. He enjoys old muscle cars and is an avid outdoorsmen, hunter and fisherman. His greatest hobby, though, is organizing the unorganized. He considers the membership his family, and immensely proud to serve as Recording-Corresponding Secretary.
David A. Fagan
David A. Fagan
David Fagan is the Financial Secretary of Local 150, responsible for collection of all funds for the union and for maintaining correct financial account of all members. David started working as a Local 150 Operating Engineer in 1978, and worked in building construction, mass excavation, and the slag industry in northwest Indiana. David is a second-generation member. David’s father is a Lifetime Member who worked as a heavy equipment mechanic.
David came onto the union’s staff in 1989, when William Dugan appointed him to work as an organizer. David was a very successful organizer, and his campaigns have included such as mass excavation, construction mechanic shops, asphalt plants, heavy equipment dealerships, heavy equipment rental and repair shops, railroad wrecking and construction companies, quarries, landfills, and various steel mill service providers.
In 2005, the officers of Local 150 appointed David to serve as Financial Secretary. In this role, David has worked diligently to prevent the erosion of the wages and benefits the union has worked so hard to establish.
David has been active in Indiana politics. As the Chairman of the Indiana Lunch Pail Republicans, he has been a leading labor voice in opposition to Indiana’s “right to work” law. He currently serves on the Ports of Indiana Commission. He also served two terms on the Portage City Council, and served on the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board. In this capacity, Dave worked to ensure that Indiana police officers understand and respect the rights of labor.
David and his wife are active in their community and have been foster parents for many years. They live in Portage with their son, Ryan.
Marshall E. Douglas II
Marshall E. Douglas II
Marshall E. Douglas has been a member of Local 150 of the Operating Engineers since 1993. A graduate of the Midwest Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program, Marshall represents the new breed of Operating Engineers who cut his teeth at the craft at the Local 150 Apprenticeship Skill Improvement Program Training Site. Marshall earned most of his work experience in excavation and other dirt work including operation of scrapers, finish dozers, and loaders of all kinds. Marshall gained crane and overhead experience working at the ALCOA Plant in Bettendorf, Iowa, and at the construction of the IPSCO Steel Mill in Montpelier, Iowa.
In 1997, Marshall began working as a Task Force Organizer for Local 150. For the next year, he worked in Districts 1, 2, 3, and 7 on campaigns to organize the heavy equipment and rental and repair shops in the Union’s Operation Wrench Campaign, and in the campaign to organize small pavers. As Marshall remembers, it was hard to be away from home for all that time, especially after he got married . But the experience organizing was tremendous, and learning from people like Jim Sweeney, Bob Paddock, and Dave Fagan was invaluable.
Marshall’s experience in organizing proved most important, however, when he returned to District 8 in 1998. For the next several years, Marshall did double duty as an organizer and business agent policing the Illinois side of the Mississippi River and organizing the unorganized. Throughout that time, Marshall headed campaigns where Local 150 successfully organized RSC, Martin Equipment, Road Machinery and Supply, and Heckett MultiServ.
As Treasurer, Marshall Douglas in intricately involved in organizing campaigns in Western Illinois and Iowa. He also negotiates many agreements, both for companies he has helped organize and master Agreements for both Heavy Highway and Building and municipal contract negotiations.