Fifty years ago, one hundred Iron Workers got together in Anchorage and signed a petition to form a local in Alaska. They received a letter from the International granting that charter on March 27, 1953. Local 751 received its charter six years before we became the 49th state in the union. Many of the charter members had been traveling to Alaska each year from Seattle and the Northwest. They wanted to make Alaska their home and to have control of their own union affairs.
Since that time, Local 751 has survived the boom and bust cycles of the last fifty-six years. Peaks in employment have occurred primarily involving the military expansion and the discoveries of oil in different parts of Alaska. The Swanson River and Cook Inlet oil discoveries in the 50’s and 60’s, communications towers of the 60’s and 70’s, the Prudhoe Bay discovery and the resulting Trans-Alaska pipeline project, the resulting commercial and government buildings and today the missile defense system going at Ft. Greely, construction statewide for the military and the ever so elusive gas pipeline will continue to sustain the local and it’s members.
Local 751 Iron Worker’s inherent strong work ethic, our strong apprentice program and our members committed to electing labor friendly representatives to public office will assure that this local can be stronger and larger at our 100 year anniversary in 2053!