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Local 825 and the building of New Jersey and New York.

Local 825 has more than 6,500 members throughout the state of New Jersey and the lower counties of New York state. Our members operate heavy equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, front-end loaders, backhoes and graders.

We also have members who operate equipment in sand and gravel operations and rock quarries. Some of our members are mechanics and perform work on the equipment in shops and on construction projects.

Headquartered in Springfield, N.J., Local 825 maintains two additional district offices -- in Cherry Hill, N.J. and Middletown, N.Y. -- and training facilities in South Brunswick, N.J. and Middletown, N.Y.

Local 825 has played a key role in every major construction project in the region since its founding, including:

arrow Recent achievements

Past achievements:

arrow Newark Airport and the GWB -- With the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed, many large construction projects were initiated to spur employment. In New Jersey, engineers built the Newark Airport and the George Washington Bridge across the Hudson.

arrow Meadowlands reclamation & development -- After a century of misuse, the state of New Jersey authorized the large-scale reclamation of the land that stretches along the terminus of the Hackensack and Passaic rivers. Beginning in the 1970s, this roughly 8,400-acre tract has been restored and also used to host such massive building projects as Giants Stadium, the Meadowlands Racetrack and other public venues.

arrow Redevelopment across the state, from Atlantic City to Jersey City -- With the passage of the Casino Control Act in 1976, Local 825 has been instrumental in both the demolition of obsolete buildings and the construction of every major hotel and casino complex to date. We've played a similar role in the construction of the highrise buildings that now make up the Jersey City skyline.

Local 825's mission

For members, our mission is to provide high paying construction opportunities to our members, the most highly skilled, experienced and productive operating engineers available today. We do this by providing the training, by organizing and political activism and by negotiating the best possible wages, fringe benefits and working conditions.

For contractors our mission is to demonstrate clear value through the skills and advanced productivity our members provide.

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Our newsletter archive

Our newsletter archive is now located on our News and Events page.

The history of the IUOE & Local 825

IUOE Historical Photo

How steam engines transformed America and gave birth to the International Union of Operating Engineers.

The steam engine unlocked a new technology during the Industrial Revolution that was as game-changing as other innovations in history, such as the introduction of the automobile, cars, airplanes, telephones, radio, television and even computers. The steam engine found many uses in a variety of industries, from mines, to furnaces, mills and construction, from steam locomotives to steamboats and steam shovels.

With the introduction of high-pressure steam engines, even greater power was unleashed, enabling such previously impossible feats such as the construction of the transcontinental railroad and moving mountains over a 10-year period to dig the Panama Canal.  Read the complete history »