Local 825 Operating Engineers & Employers Collaborate
To Improve Productivity, Win Bids and Create Jobs
SPRINGFIELD, NJ, Sept. 10, 2012 – Local 825 of the International Union of Operating Engineers has joined with its signatory contractors to form a new marketing organization to pursue construction contracts and add jobs for its members.
Announcing the new group – the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative (ELEC) – Local 825 Business Manager Greg Lalevee said, ”Our mission will be to work with our employers and government agencies to maintain our competitiveness and communicate the advantages of our training, experience and productivity.”
Local 825’s signatory contractors are represented by Associated General Contractors of New Jersey (AGCNJ), Building Contractors Association of New Jersey (BCANJ), Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley (CIC) and the Construction Contractors Labor Employers of New Jersey (CCLE).
“Management and labor are working harder today than ever to keep union contractors competitive and profitable and keep union craft-workers on the job,” said Jack Kocsis, CEO of the BCANJ.
Headquartered in the same building as Local 825, ELEC will team with employers as they pursue construction projects, create bids and communicate advantages offered by Local 825’s heavy equipment operators. Such advantages include their high level of training, experience, job-safety record and up-to-date licensing and credentialing.
“We cannot stand still and wait for opportunities to come to us,” said Mark Longo, ELEC Director. “We will pursue all work opportunities, including every aspect of transportation construction – bridges, ports and highways – and all aspects of building construction.”
Longo said his group will work with, and has contributed to, “Build the Bridge Now,” a New York coalition that is advocating for the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge with a new Hudson River crossing. The coalition consists of major employers, transportation professionals, civil engineers, and labor organizations representing more than 300,000 employees and more than 15,000 employers throughout New York state.
Trustees name Longo ELEC director
Mark Longo has been named Director of the recently formed Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative (ELEC), a labor-management marketing arm of Local 825 of the International Union of Operating Engineers and its participating employers, represented by Associated General Contractors of New Jersey, Building Contractors Association of New Jersey, Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley and the Construction Contractors Labor Employers of New Jersey.
The group’s purpose is to collaborate with employers and government agencies to enhance productivity and competitiveness to win construction contracts and increase employment for members of IUOE Local 825.
Longo previously served as Local 825’s Director of Government Affairs. Local 825 represents 6,600 heavy equipment operators throughout New Jersey and in the lower five counties of New York state.