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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.

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New face of community affairs

Daniel OrtegaOCTOBER 2014 -- Daniel Ortega brings leadership experience to ELEC that combines experience as an elected official with campaign and intergovernmental affairs management.

Ortega will focus on aligning ELEC with community organizations to help further economic development opportunities for ELEC contractors and members of Local 825.

His prior experience includes serving as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of West New York, Communications Specialist to the West New York Board of Education and Executive Director of the Bergen County Democratic Organization.

He also served as an elected official with the Hackensack Housing Authority, the Bergen County Housing Authority and as a state committeeman of the NJ Democratic State Committee from 2005 to 2010.

New face of business development

Kate GibbsFEBRUARY 2014 -- Kate Gibbs joins ELEC after serving five years as Executive Director and Fundraiser for a successful political organization and event planning and membership-relations consultant for a statewide trade association. Ms. Gibbs will help ELEC achieve its core objectives of creating jobs for Local 825 members and its union contractors.

Trustees name Longo ELEC director

Mark LongoMark 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.