Iron Workers Local No 24 - History

The records, letters and correspondence of Local 24 reveal a history of prosperity and hard times, seventeen different meeting places, early Colorado and it’s development, stories of individuals and mutual association of Ironworkers banded together for the common good just as necessary then as now, over a century later.

In the Spring of 1901, Denver Ironworkers, led by Peter L. Beck, John Thornton, James Kelly and F.T. Kiser, decided to apply to the International Association of Bridge and Structural Ironworkers for a Local Charter. It was granted on July 2. General President John T. Butler and Secretary-Treasurer J.W. Pryale issued a charter that recognized Ironworkers Local 24 as the sole legitimate collective bargaining unit for Ironworkers in the State of Colorado—in fact, Local 24 was accorded jurisdiction for the entire state.

Five years after its founding, the International Association was moving westward with great strides. Locals were already established in St Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Omaha and Ironworkers in Salt Lake City and San Francisco were ready to sign on. The Denver men recognized this and wanted to join their co-workers in this budding, but strong, nation-wide organization. They judged correctly that it was the right move for them.

The charter members of Local 24 elected the prime movers of the local as its first officers: Peter L. Beck was elected President; John Thornton, Vice President; P.1. Kiser, Secretary-Treasurer; and James Kelly, Recording Secretary.

While the permanent headquarters for Local 24 was in Denver, in the early years, temporary headquarters were set up in Colorado Springs, then Pueblo. The local office and officers moved around with the bigger jobs.

At the 1902 Convention in Milwaukee, Peter Beck was elected to the International Association’s Executive Board, the first Local 24 man to be so honored. Fifteen men ran for the five positions as executive board members and Beck garnered the second highest number of votes.

In June 1906, Local 24 President Joseph E. Petit reported that forty men comprised the local membership; however in July, 1908 twenty four members had been added for a total of sixty-four. On July 28, 1906, Ironworkers in Pueblo received a charter as Local 98, to the chagrin and disappointment of the Denver men. Local 24, thereby, lost some of its jurisdictional area. At the 1913 convention, Local 24 submitted a resolution calling for the consolidation of Locals 24 and 98 under the charter of Local 24 with headquarters in Denver. The resolution was turned down, according to the convention minutes, “on the grounds that Local 98 is located 120 miles distant from Local 24, its membership (was adequate) for the issuance and retention of a charter, and that whatever work there is in the State of Colorado at the present time, is in the field where No. 98 is located.”

The problem for the Denver local was short-lived since Local 98 was subsequently disbanded and the charter revoked on August 31, 1914 and those men were admitted to 24. A sister local in Denver, Local 106 (housesmith, architectural and finisher local union) chartered on July 20, 1907 and revoked on March 31, 1910;
Local 106 was ordered by the International not to poach on the jurisdiction of work granted Local 24 and not to organize men performing a classification of work granted to Local 24. Local 24, as the oldest and strongest Ironworkers organization, survived both Locals 98 and 106.

In July 1911, Local 24’s membership almost doubled its 1908 count to one hundred and nineteen. In 1915 Local 24’s jurisdiction also included the State of Wyoming.

On February 26, 1937 a charter was granted to Local 507, Denver. The charter was revoked effective May 31, 1992 and its members were transferred into Local 24.
On April 23, 1939, a charter was granted to Local 606, Wichita. The charter was revoked effective January 1, 2006 and its members were transferred into Local 24.

On March 19, 1953, a charter was granted to Local 750, Pueblo. The charter was revoked effective June 12 of 1987 and its members were transferred into Local 24.

Meeting Locations 
March 1902    23 West Rio Grande Avenue
Colorado Springs (Monday) 
September 1902    1415 Elm Street
Bessemer City Hall
Pueblo (Thursday) 
May 1903    Dempsey Langdon Hall
Pueblo (Thursday) 
July 1904    833 15th Street
Denver (Monday) 
July 1906    Room 36 Club Building
October 1907    1625 Larimer Street
Denver (Wednesday) 
December 1908    1627 Lawrence Street
Room 40
Denver (Wednesday) 
October 1912    1731 Arapahoe Street
Denver (Wednesday) 
March 1913    103 B.T. Club
Denver (1st & 3rd Wednesday) 
May 1922    1747½ Arapahoe Street
Denver (2nd & 4th Tuesday) 
August 1923    1923 Curtis Street
Denver (1st & 3rd Wednesday) 
December 1933    1021 17th Street
Denver (2nd Wednesday) 
June 1936    1923 Curtis Street
Denver (1st & 3rd Thursday) 
March 1937    1947 Stout Street
Denver (1st & 3rd Thursday) 
June 1943    Carpenters Hall
Denver (3rd Thursday) 
September 1945    1947 Stout Street
Denver (1st & 3rd Thursdays) 
July 1951    501 West fourth Avenue
Denver (1st & 3rd Thursday) 

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