Local 825 Operating Engineers are proud of the work we do in our communities.

We participate in events every day of the year – as workers, volunteers, coaches, moms and dads – in the same neighborhoods where we live and work.

Our members and retirees volunteer on numerous local charities and organizations. We’ve been active in Habitat for Humanity, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Community Blood Banks and local Rotary Clubs. On an annual basis, we participate with more than 30 construction trades in the Hudson Valley Construction Career Day at SUNY Rockland Community College. In various municipalities we’ve volunteered services to help build playgrounds and we’ve donated funds to help enhance police and fire rescue capabilities.

The following activities show just some of the ways we work to improve the quality of life in our local communities.


Key support in times of public emergency


New Jersey Task Force One (NJ-TF1) provides advanced technical search-and-rescue capabilities to victims trapped or entombed in structurally collapsed buildings.

NJ-TF1 members provide rescue technologies and heavy equipment, in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s guidelines on urban search and rescue.

NJ-TF1 members agree to maintain their skills and abilities in technical rescue training in constant preparation for any emergency, including natural or manmade disasters, hurricanes, floods, conflagrations, explosions, earthquakes, or weapons of mass destruction incidents that are beyond the capability of local emergency services.


Employment support for returning veterans

NJ Hellmets to Hardhats
NJ Helmets to Hardhats

Local 825’s Business Manager Greg Lalevee (second from left) joined with Gov. Christie, Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths, NJ Building & Construction Trades Council president William T. Mullen and others to announce a state grant of $195,000 for the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development to partner with the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council’s Helmets to Hardhats program.

The program is designed to honor and assist military personnel, National Guardsmen and reservists by transitioning them into solid, family-sustaining careers in one of the state’s fifteen affiliated building and construction trades.

Giving back: Members volunteer for Kingston playground


Local 825 members pitched in to help build a new playground for kids at Forsyth Park in Kingston.

Business Agent Mike Ham organized members after being contacted by Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.

Since the job called for replacing the original Kinderland, which was built in the early 1990s, Local 825 members demolished and discarded the old equipment, then did site excavation and prep work to allow more than 70 other volunteers to put things in place.