Operating Engineers Local 825 Endorses Bob Menendez for U.S. Senate

Menendez for Senate and Ryan Alexander · September 27, 2018

New Brunswick, N.J. – The Menendez for Senate Campaign today announced that the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 and its 7,100 members have endorsement Bob Menendez for re-election to the United States Senate.

“I have spent my entire career fighting to make critical infrastructure investments to create jobs and spark new economic development throughout New Jersey, while ensuring New Jersey’s workers and unions are protected,” said Bob Menendez.  “I am proud to be backed by the hardworking men and women of Operating Engineers Local 825.  I am proud to have you in my corner as we fight to move Gateway forward, improve our roads and bridges, replace our aging pipes, and build a safe, reliable 21st century infrastructure that is the envy of the world and strengthens our economy.”

“Senator Menendez has been a true champion of hard working men and women – both here in New Jersey and across this great nation,” said Greg Lalevee, Business Manager of IUOE 825.  “We are proud to endorse his candidacy for re-election, fight alongside him to promote the critical infrastructure investments we need and to together defend against attacks on organizing rights everywhere.”

As the ranking Democrat on the Senate’s mass transit subcommittee, Bob Menendez has been a leader in the fight for more robust investment in our crumbling infrastructure.  The Senator has secured billions of federal dollars a year to improve New Jersey’s transportation network, replace aging water systems, and expand mass transit.  He helped lead a bipartisan effort to get the Gateway Project approved to replace the Portal Bridge and build a new trans-Hudson rail tunnel, only to have the project delayed by the Trump Administration.  Menendez was also instrumental in getting the ARC Project started, only to see it derailed by Chris Christie.  His opponent, greedy drug company CEO Bob Hugin was Christie’s top donor and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help elect Donald Trump.

Bob Menendez has a proven record fighting for hardworking families and the rights of workers to organize.  He understands the important role unions have played in history and acknowledge their greatest achievements—from establishing a standard 40-hour workweek, to increasing minimum wage and improving working conditions.  He believes that anyone who works hard deserves fair pay and a livable wage, has voted to increase the minimum wage, has resisted Trump Administration efforts to roll back workplace safety standards, supports updating the Equal Pay Act, and is fighting for paid family, sick, and medical leave. Recently, Menendez also spoke out against the recent Janus Supreme Court decisions that have undermined unions.