Local 825 is proactive in making our positions known on issues that affect our livelihood.
We are involved as a local through our leadership and our members. And we are involved through ELEC, our labor-management organization.
Our issues cover a wide range, including:
- Building and Construction projects that employ our members
- Legislative and Political issues that regulate our industry, and
- Community Relations programs that help support social activities in the towns where our members live and raise their families.
Building and Construction projects
We have taken leadership positions in public meetings, forums, media interviews and our members participate in writing letters to public officials to promote the approval of large building and construction projects. Over the recent past, these have included:
- Pipeline projects: Spectra Energy Northeast Extension and AIM pipelines; the PennEast pipeline; the Pilgrim Pipeline; South Jersey Gas’ BL England Pipeline; the New Jersey Natural Gas’ Southern Reliability Link, and more.
- Bridge building and repair work: We actively participated in the “Build the Bridge Now” business coalition that successfully promoted the construction of a new Hudson River crossing to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge. Likewise, we have advocated for numerous other bridge construction projects, including the Manahawkin Bay Bridge; the Pulaski Skyway; the Bayonne Bridge; the WittPenn Bridge; the Goethals Bridge, and more.
- Highrise construction and urban redevelopment. We’ve been part of building much of the skyline of Jersey City and the LCOR development in Hoboken, as well as highrise construction in New Brunswick and Atlantic City. As a union, we’ve invested our own pension money in construction projects that guaranteed union jobs, such as Novo Nordisk’s $215 million redevelopment of its 770,000-square-foot office building in Plainsboro in 2010.
- Involvement in business coalitions, such as Forward New Jersey which lobbied to secure continued funding for transportation infrastructure projects in New Jersey; and the Building Our Future coalition, which successfully promoted voter approval of a $750 bond referendum for construction on state colleges and universities.