The IUOE also represents nurses and other health industry workers, public employees in a wide variety of occupations, and several job classifications in the petrochemical industry.
President Callahan is a 40-year member and third-generation Operating Engineer, who moved up the ranks from Member to Shop Steward, Foreman, Trustee, Business Representative and ultimately in 2003, led Local 15 in New York City as President and Business Manager.
President Callahan began his career in the Operating Engineers in 1980. Proficient in all aspects of maintenance and repair, he was initiated into Local 15C as a shop mechanic. By 1993, he had worked his way up to maintenance foreman and was an integral part of the team that worked on the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of the terrorist bombing of the parking garage that killed and injured dozens of people.
Eight years later, as a local union Business Representative, President Callahan found himself back at the World Trade Center. This time, he was one of the many Operating Engineers who were first responders to the September 11 tragedy and stayed to work throughout the entire recovery effort at Ground Zero.
In 2003, President Callahan became the 4th President and Business Manager of the IUOE, Local 15 whose jurisdiction expands the five boroughs of New York City. As Business Manager, Jim was an Executive Board member of the New York City Building and Construction Trades Council; the New York City Central Labor Council, the Building and Construction Trades Councils of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties, the Executive Committees of the New York City and New York State AFL-CIO and the Governing Board of Presidents for North America’s Building Trades Unions.
Jim was a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Building Foundation and a member of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens Manhattan, and Staten Island Boards of Business Agents and Trustee on the IUOE Central Pension Fund. He also sat on the prestigious Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Blue Ribbon Commission whose purpose is to oversee all MTA projects throughout the City.
Jim Callahan has never forgotten his Irish Heritage. His grandfather and grandmother, John Joseph and Alice Callahan came from County Limerick. His grandfather, Michael Francis Lyon came from County Kerry in the early 1900s where he settled in New York City and became an Operating Engineer.
Jim is President of the New York Friends of Ireland and through the Operating Engineers, led the delegation to Derry, Ireland for the opening of the James Connolly Cultural Center.
Jim and his wife, Fran, are the proud parents to James, Ian, and Patrick and reside in Long Island, New York.