NEW YORK CITY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE® Selects James T. Callahan 2020 Grand Marshal

The St. Patrick's Day Parade is pleased to announce they have selected James T. Callahan, General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers, as the Grand Marshal of the 2020 New York City St Patrick's Day parade.
By: Bridget O'Brien PR & Events
NEW YORK - Sept. 6, 2019 - PRLog -- Mr. Callahan is a long time New Yorker residing on Long Island with his wife Fran and their children. However, Mr. Callahan is very proud of his Irish Heritage with grandparents emigrating from County Limerick and County Kerry in the early 1900s. Due to his position as President of the International, Mr. Callahan represents over 400,000 workers in the United States and Canada. Additionally, He is also President of the New York Friends of Ireland.

Sean Lane, Chairman of the Parade Board of Directors, said "We are delighted James Callahan has been selected as our 2020 Grand Marshal. He has contributed so much to the United States and New York. As a major union leader, he is representative of many of the hard-working Irish who immigrated to here in search of a better life. Our community has a strong tradition of union pride and he will make an outstanding and popular Grand Marshal."

President Callahan is a 40-year member and third generation Operating Engineer. Because he moved up the ranks from Member to Shop Steward, Foreman, Trustee, Business Representative, he became successful. Ultimately in 2003, due to his success, he was able to lead Local 15 in New York City as President and Business Manager. Then President Callahan began his career in the Operating Engineers in 1980. Because he is proficient in all aspects of maintenance and repair, he was initiated into Local 15C as a shop mechanic.

As a result, he became an integral part of the team that worked on the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of the first terrorist bombing in 1993. After that, as a local union Business Representative, President Callahan found himself back at the World Trade Center.  This time, he was one of the many first responders to the September 11 tragedy. As a result, he 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. It's jurisdiction expands the five boroughs of New York City.

About the IUOE

The IUOE is headquartered in Washington, D.C.. It represents almost 400,000 men and women above all in the United States and Canada who work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and surveyors in the construction industry.

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