Steven M. Cisco is Recording-Corresponding Secretary of Local 150, and began in the Midwest Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program in 1976. While an apprentice, Steve worked as an operator on the Deep Tunnel Project, which extended throughout the Chicagoland area, and worked for various suburban sewer contractors. After a brief hiatus selling heavy equipment for Hughes Tool Corp., Steve returned to serve a six-year term as the President of the MOE Credit Union under Business Manager Bill Martin.
In 1986, the members elected Steve to his first term as Recording-Corresponding Secretary of Local 150. In that office, Steve has been responsible for negotiating literally thousands of collective bargaining agreements over the last 20 years. Steve has also played a central role in the negotiation of first contracts covering public sector units, the heavy equipment dealerships and shops, and the landscape plantsmen. Steve has worked to standardize these agreements and improve working conditions for all members. Steve is also primarily responsible for contract administration. It is his office that settles the majority of grievances and prosecutes most before the Joint Grievance Committee.
Steve says that “One of our biggest challenges has been in meeting the dramatic changes in the healthcare industry over the last 20 years; we have also worked very hard to ensure the development of the Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program over that same time.” According to Steve, “We want our members to get every dime they've got coming, and we have to stay ahead of the curve in training if we are to justify demanding top wages and benefits.”
Steve’s involvement with the Construction Industry Service Corp. (CISCO) -- no relation -- and other labor-related organizations develops scholarships and other programs that provide the children of Local 150 members with financial assistance for college tuition. Steve also takes pride in his work on the Health and Welfare Trust Fund in developing member assistance programs so that members with substance abuse problems can be given a chance to return to productive lives. Steve continues to play a major role in the shaping of Credit Union policy.
Steve is an avid sports fan, attending as many Bears games and NASCAR racing events as possible.