Thomas A. Callahan
President and Business Manager
IUOE Local 15 A, B, C, D and H.
Building this City is what we do. As President and Business Manager of the 5,000 member Local 15, A, B, C, D and H, our business is jobs. Whether it is above the ground or below it, on a tower crane or in the tunnels, the members of Local 15 work side by side with the other Building Tradesmen to build soundly… to build safely… to build UNION.
Founded in 1936 and still going strong today, Local 15 builds the highways, the bridges, the tunnels, the skyscrapers, housing, schools, airports and subways, just to name a few. We build, we rebuild and we renovate. In essence, we are the infrastructure and foundation of this great City.
For nearly 80 years the skilled, trained, certified and licensed members of Local 15 have helped to build and transform New York.
Cities just don’t happen. They require the creative, skilled hands of engineers and craftsmen nurtured and mentored through education, experience and hands-on training. Our union has been providing that mentoring and training through our Apprenticeship and Training Programs.
Through these programs our members, the majority of which come from the tri-state area and include returning veterans through the “Helmets to Hardhats” Program, are provided the skills that ensure our city and its infrastructure are built to last.
Working within both the public and private sectors, our members are the operators and maintenance engineers of heavy construction equipment, the welders, the survey engineers and the shop mechanics. In addition, members of Local 15 hold hundreds of Municipal and Port Authority titles in the Departments of Transportation, Sanitation, Corrections, Environmental Protection, as well the Police and Fire Departments.
Throughout the five boroughs as well as Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and parts of New Jersey, our members excavate, build, weld and maintain. We work alongside Con Edison on utility projects and are constantly keeping up with the latest technology such as the training on gas pipe fusion.
In lower Manhattan, Local 15, A, B, C and D members were instrumental as first responders and in the aftermath of 9/11 working for the recovery of those lost in this great tragedy, we have helped to rebuild the World Trade Center and Fulton Plaza. Our members are working on the Bayonne and Goethals Bridges as well as below ground on the East Side Access and adding an additional subway tunnel on Second Avenue.
On Staten Island, we are widening the expressway and installing a new water siphon from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to St. George. Local 15 is involved in Build It Back Sandy Program.
In Long Island City and on Roosevelt Island, new neighborhoods are being built. Our local airports are being upgraded and a new training facility for the NYPD is almost completed.
All of these projects and many more, ensure that the infrastructure in your back yard is being done by the skilled men and women of this Local Union and not by untrained, inexperienced labor.
With the ever changing environment in the construction industry, our goals may have changed over the years. However, our commitment to excellence in the quality of craftsmanship provided by our members, remains the same.