Mike Zahn

Mike Zahn

Business Manager at Operating Engineers Local 965

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last updated 12/5/2016

General Information

Experience

Legislative Director  - State Council of Operating Engineers

Contact Director  - Organizing

TFIC Co-Chairman and Business Manger Local 965  - Chairman Illinois State Operating Engineers

Affiliations

Board Member  - Illinois Coalition for Community Services

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Michael Zahn:
Michael Zahn is the Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 965. He attended college at Utah State. Mike has been in the industry nearly 38 years. In this time he has worked as an operator, an Organizer, a Business Representative and for the past eight years as the Business Manager of the Operating Engineers. He is the Chairman of the Illinois State Council of Operating Engineers. Mike is involved with several other committees and boards in an effort to promote infrastructure needs for Springfield and the state of Illinois.

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Mike Zahn:
Board Member no photo Michael D. Zahn is the Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 965. He attended college at Utah State. Mike has been in the industry nearly 38 years. In this time he has worked as an operator, an Organizer, a Business Representative and for the past eight years as the Business Manager of the Operating Engineers. He is the Chairman of the Illinois State Council of Operating Engineers. Mike is involved with several other committees and boards in an effort to promote infrastructure needs for Springfield and the state of Illinois.

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Union Representative Michael Zahn, who is the Business Manager for Operating Engineers Local 965, says it is going to be hard to get the more than 20 unions within Springfield on board.
"They have to be negotiated by each individual union and most contracts are from three to five years," Zahn said. Zahn is speaking out against that idea. "Joe [McMenamin] is trying to sweep funds that was passed under ordinances with protections in the road fund," Zahn said. But McMenamin says he is not proposing the city redirect funds from roads, rather, he says the city should scale that money back and use $1 million from the Unappropriated Corporate Fund to help fix the pension problem. Meanwhile, Zahn says the city should be looking to the state since there is a lot of state-owned land in Springfield that Illinois pays no tax on.

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