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Dale Pierson

Dale Pierson

IUOE Local 150
General Counsel
Countryside, IL, USA


Dale D. Pierson became General Counsel to the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, AFL-CIO, on May 1, 2002. Prior to that time, Dale worked in private practice representing labor unions, fringe benefit trust funds and individual workers since his graduation from Northwestern University Law School in 1982. Throughout his career, Dale has been proud to work with some of the best lawyers in the United States in helping working people secure fair wages, adequate health care, and a comfortable retirement.

Dale believes that the most important protection working people and their families have is the right to bargain collectively over wages, hours and other terms and conditions of their employment. Protection of the right to strike in support of those goals is essential.

In 1995 and 1999 Dale served as Labor Counsel to the Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge No. 7 in its negotiations for collectively bargained agreements with the City of Chicago. In 2010, Dale helped coordinate the legal strategy that led to the successful strike by Operating Engineers and Laborers in the Chicago area. He is currently involved in federal and state challenges to the “Right to Work” law in Indiana.

Born on the southwest side of Chicago, Dale is a lifelong White Sox fan. Throughout high school and college, Dale worked for his family’s union construction company as a laborer, carpenter and equipment operator. Dale earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Dale based his NIU Master’s degree in labor history on his thesis, “Peter J. McGuire and the Origins of Pure and Simple Unionism.” It was at NIU where he met his wife of 33 years, Loretta. Lori Pierson works in the Loop as a legal secretary for Jenner & Block, and tries to find time for several quilt guilds and numerous nieces and nephews.
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