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Operating Engineers Local 3 is the largest construction trades local in the U.S., representing over 35,000 members across our four-state jurisdiction of California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. From heavy equipment operators and mechanics, to surveyors, construction inspectors, highway maintenance workers, police officers and other public employees, we represent the men and women who drive this country’s economy.

About Us

Operating Engineers Local 3 is the largest construction trades local in the U.S., representing over 35,000 members across our four-state jurisdiction of California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. From heavy equipment operators and mechanics, to surveyors, construction inspectors, highway maintenance workers, police officers and other public employees, we represent the men and women who drive this country’s economy.

About Us

Operating Engineers Local 3 is the largest construction trades local in the U.S., representing over 35,000 members across our four-state jurisdiction of California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. From heavy equipment operators and mechanics, to surveyors, construction inspectors, highway maintenance workers, police officers and other public employees, we represent the men and women who drive this country’s economy.

Who we represent

Heavy-Equipment Operators

If you’re in Northern California, Nevada, Utah or Hawaii, chances are, the blade you see along the side of the freeway or the crane you see on those city high-rises is operated by our members. If it’s big, we run it and represent those who do.

Public Employees

Local 3 represents more than 6,800 workers employed by cities, counties and special government districts throughout Northern California, Northern Nevada and Utah. The mission of the Public Employees Division is to provide professional labor representation for public sector workers and to organize new public employee units.

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Craft and Maintenance Division, Unit 12

Local 3 represents thousands of California state employees who work in a variety of craft and maintenance classifications, from state-prison employees to landscape workers.

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Surveyors

Surveyors provide project critical data on many jobsites often well before the heavy equipment can arrive. This can include the collection of pre-construction data and construction-staking, and when the project is complete, an as-built survey. Local 3 has represented thousands of surveyors since our inception and will continue to work hard to improve their working conditions and wages for years to come.

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Testing and Inspection

Local 3 Inspectors lead the way in assuring the projects we cover are done right the first time, serving as the eyes and ears of the Architects, Engineers and Building Officials throughout our four state jurisdiction.

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Who we
represent

Heavy-Equipment Operators

If you’re in Northern California, Nevada, Utah or Hawaii, chances are, the blade you see along the side of the freeway or the crane you see on those city high-rises is operated by our members. If it’s big, we run it and represent those who do.

Public Employees

Local 3 represents more than 6,800 workers employed by cities, counties and special government districts throughout Northern California, Northern Nevada and Utah. The mission of the Public Employees Division is to provide professional labor representation for public sector workers and to organize new public employee units.

Learn More

Craft and Maintenance Division, Unit 12

Local 3 represents thousands of California state employees who work in a variety of craft and maintenance classifications, from state-prison employees to landscape workers.

Learn More

Surveyors

Surveyors provide project critical data on many jobsites often well before the heavy equipment can arrive. This can include the collection of pre-construction data and construction-staking, and when the project is complete, an as-built survey. Local 3 has represented thousands of surveyors since our inception and will continue to work hard to improve their working conditions and wages for years to come.

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Testing and Inspection

Local 3 Inspectors lead the way in assuring the projects we cover are done right the first time, serving as the eyes and ears of the Architects, Engineers and Building Officials throughout our four state jurisdiction.

Learn More

Get involved!

Participate in the IUOE’s Engineers Action & Response Network (EARN) and make your voice heard!

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Get Involved!

Participate in the IUOE’s Engineers Action & Response Network (EARN) and make your voice heard!

E.A.R.N. Actions

Where we represent

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Where we
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Nevada

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History

Local 3 members have always been tough. For more than 75 years, Local 3 has overcome economic recessions, political opponents and anti-union legislation. From 1939, Local 3 changed bad working conditions and practices for thousands (and continues to change it for every new member today). Local 3 has persevered, emerging as a powerhouse among the skilled trades and responsible for some of our country’s most notable landmarks and infrastructure.

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History

Local 3 members have always been tough. For more than 75 years, Local 3 has overcome economic recessions, political opponents and anti-union legislation. From 1939, Local 3 changed bad working conditions and practices for thousands (and continues to change it for every new member today). Local 3 has persevered, emerging as a powerhouse among the skilled trades and responsible for some of our country’s most notable landmarks and infrastructure.

Retirees Association

There are few organizations today that provide the retirement trifecta of incredible health care benefits, a dignified pension and strong community. Local 3 provides all three. With a calendar full of meetings and a yearly picnic (since 1969), our Retirees always feel cared for and connected. In our organization, your retirement is not the end, it’s the beginning.

Retirees Association

There are few organizations today that provide the retirement trifecta of incredible health care benefits, a dignified pension and strong community. Local 3 provides all three. With a calendar full of meetings and a yearly picnic (since 1969), our Retirees always feel cared for and connected. In our organization, your retirement is not the end, it’s the beginning.

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Retirees Association

There are few organizations today that provide the retirement trifecta of incredible health care benefits, a dignified pension and strong community. Local 3 provides all three. With a calendar full of meetings and a yearly picnic (since 1969), our Retirees always feel cared for and connected. In our organization, your retirement is not the end, it’s the beginning.

Administration

Governed by a member-elected team of officers, our members enjoy personal interaction with these dedicated leaders at quarterly District Meetings and Semi-Annual Meetings. Our administration holds a highly transparent, open-door policy, so that there’s never any questions that can’t be answered.

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Administration

Governed by a member-elected team of officers, our members enjoy personal interaction with these dedicated leaders at quarterly District Meetings and Semi-Annual Meetings. Our administration holds a highly transparent, open-door policy, so that there’s never any questions about our union leadership.

Want this type of stand-up leadership?

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Russ Burns, Business manager

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Russ Burns was reelected business manager for a fifth three-year term and was sworn in on September 1, 2015. As business manager, he is responsible for the oversight of all Local 3 operations.

As a third-generation operator and Local 3 member, Russ Burns grew up living and breathing Local 3. He started his career with Local 3 in 1979 as a crane operator on various construction projects – high rises, bridges, refineries and large treatment plants throughout Northern California and Reno, Nev. His last position in the field before working for Local 3 was as general foreman for Bechtel at the Shell Clean Fuels Project in Martinez, CA.

Russ began his Local 3 staff career in 1994 as a business representative in the Fairfield District. He was promoted to special representative in charge of the crane industry in 1996, and one year later, he was promoted to special representative to the dredging industry. In 1999, Russ became the Santa Rosa district representative and then transferred to the Fairfield District, where he served six months as district representative and trustee.

In 2000, he graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program, and in 2001, he was appointed to the Cal-OSHA Standards Board Subcommittee for Certification of Crane Operators. Russ transferred from Fairfield to Sacramento in 2002 and served as district representative and special representative to the business manager until he was appointed treasurer of the union by a unanimous officer vote. Burns served as treasurer until Jan. 2, 2005, when he was sworn in as financial secretary. In 2006, he was elected Business Manager by the membership and sworn in on September 1, 2006.

Russ was appointed to the California Fish & Game Commission in May of 2016 for a term though January 15, 2022. He served on the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board where he was appointed by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass in 2009, a commitment he fulfilled until 2012. He also serves as the second General Vice President of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and serves as board member on the following:

  • International Union of Operating Engineers – General Executive Board
  • Operating Engineers Local 3 Trust Funds, Board of Trustees
  • California Labor Federation, Executive Council
  • Foundation for Fair Contracting, Board of Directors
  • Coalition of Organized Labor Board
  • Basic Craft Alliance, Board of Directors
  • Basic Craft Alliance, Board of Trustees
  • California Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth, Board of Directors
  • Transportation California, Board of Directors
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Dan Reding, President

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Dan Reding was elected president on September 1, 2015 after being appointed president in December 2014. He was voted into office as financial secretary in September 2012. Dan was elected treasurer and sworn in on September 1, 2006. He joined Local 3 in 1984. He grew up in Napa and graduated from Napa High School. Before beginning his career as an Operating Engineer, Dan took business courses at Napa and Solano Community College. He spent five years working underground for Cal Smith & Sons and then worked at Ghilotti Brothers, running paddle wheels and scrapers, and dozers for McCullian Construction.

Dan then went to work for Bechtel as a dirt foreman on the Shell Clean Fuel Project and became general foreman as the project progressed. After the Shell project, he started working in the crane industry, beginning on small hydros and then moving into conventionals. The next seven years were spent with Balfour Beatty, working on the Bay Bridge, the first phase of the Golden Gate Bridge and the new water intake in Sacramento.

Dan served eight years on the Grievance Committee in Fairfield, where he got his first taste in politics and union business. In 2003, he accepted a business agent position in Sacramento, covering Yolo and parts of Sacramento, including the rock, sand and gravel plants in Madison.

Dan has been involved in contract negotiations and grievance procedures, including intensive time spent working with Caltrans’ issues. After two years as a business agent, he was promoted to assistant district representative and to district representative within four months. Dan graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program in February 2008.

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Steve Ingersoll, Vice President

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Steve Ingersoll was appointed vice-president in May of 2016 after being elected financial secretary on September 1, 2015. Prior to this position, he was appointed treasurer in February 2013.

Steve was initiated in August 1989 and has been a Local 3 member ever since. He worked as a Construction Equipment Operator for Granite Construction for many years in Nevada. He served as a Grievance Committee member before joining the Local 3 payroll in 1996 as a Dispatcher/Business Agent for the Reno District Office.

Steve was promoted District Representative in 2006 and was elected by the membership in 2012 as a Trustee for Local 3. He is a 2013 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program. Steve was appointed by the Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to the Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) review board in April 2014 for a three-year term and was recently reappointed though June 2021.

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Jim Sullivan, Recording Corresponding Secretary

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Jim Sullivan is a Utah native and second-generation Operating Engineer. He was reelected recording corresponding secretary and sworn in on September 1, 2015. He was appointed recording-corresponding secretary in January 2009 after being voted in as financial-secretary in September 2006. After joining the industry in Las Vegas in August 1989 as a Heavy-Duty Repairman (HDR), he transferred into Local 3 from Local 12 in July 1990.

Jim immediately headed to work in Hawaii on the H-3 project. Upon its completion, he returned to Utah and continued steady work for the next eight years as an HDR for employers, including W. W. Clyde & Company and Granite Construction.

His initial work on behalf of the Local 3 membership began with his participation and desire to serve on the Utah District 12 Grievance Committee from 1996 to 1999. On April 1, 1999, he accepted an invitation from the business manager to join the Local 3 staff as a business agent.

Jim was promoted to district representative of Utah District 12 on May 7, 2001. In 2002, he was appointed special representative over Wyoming and South Dakota through April 2004 and was appointed a Local 3 auditor in 2003.

He is a 2005 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.

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Justin Diston, Financial Secretary

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Justin Diston was appointed financial secretary in May 2016 after being elected treasurer on September 1, 2015. He was initiated into Local 3 in 1997 and worked as a plant operator, until he joined the Local 3 staff in 2002 as an organizer in Fairfield District 04. One year later, Justin became a business agent in Sacramento District 80, and was promoted to Sacramento district representative in 2006. In 2010 Justin became the district representative in Utah District 12.

Justin is a 2010 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program and has served as the president of the Utah Building Trades. He said it is an honor and a privilege to serve the membership as a Local 3 officer.

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Dave Harrison, Treasurer

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Dave Harrison was sworn-in as Treasurer on May 22, 2016 and has been a member of Local 3 for 21 years. While in the field, Dave worked primarily in the marine construction industry, specializing in dredging, bridge-building and dock work. Having obtained his Merchant Marine license, he was able to work as a tugboat captain. He was a Certified Crane Operator (CCO) for many years.

Dave joined the Local 3 staff in 2005, as a Business Agent in the Fairfield District, and shortly thereafter, he accepted the role of Dredging Representative. In 2007, he was promoted to Senior Business Agent for Dredging and Safety. Subsequently in November of 2009, he was promoted as Local 3’s Safety Director. In June 2013, he took on the role of District Representative for the Fairfield District, and in 2014, he was appointed Auditor. He has served his union in these capacities until he was appointed Treasurer in 2016.

Dave is a 2017 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program and is currently serving on the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) Standards Board where he was first appointed in 2012. Dave is a proud veteran of the U. S. Army in addition to being a proud Local 3 member. He enjoys representing the membership as an officer.

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Russ Burns, Business manager

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Russ Burns was reelected business manager for a fifth three-year term and was sworn in on September 1, 2015. As business manager, he is responsible for the oversight of all Local 3 operations.

As a third-generation operator and Local 3 member, Russ Burns grew up living and breathing Local 3. He started his career with Local 3 in 1979 as a crane operator on various construction projects – high rises, bridges, refineries and large treatment plants throughout Northern California and Reno, Nev. His last position in the field before working for Local 3 was as general foreman for Bechtel at the Shell Clean Fuels Project in Martinez, CA.

Russ began his Local 3 staff career in 1994 as a business representative in the Fairfield District. He was promoted to special representative in charge of the crane industry in 1996, and one year later, he was promoted to special representative to the dredging industry. In 1999, Russ became the Santa Rosa district representative and then transferred to the Fairfield District, where he served six months as district representative and trustee.

In 2000, he graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program, and in 2001, he was appointed to the Cal-OSHA Standards Board Subcommittee for Certification of Crane Operators. Russ transferred from Fairfield to Sacramento in 2002 and served as district representative and special representative to the business manager until he was appointed treasurer of the union by a unanimous officer vote. Burns served as treasurer until Jan. 2, 2005, when he was sworn in as financial secretary. In 2006, he was elected Business Manager by the membership and sworn in on September 1, 2006.

Russ was appointed to the California Fish & Game Commission in May of 2016 for a term though January 15, 2022. He served on the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board where he was appointed by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass in 2009, a commitment he fulfilled until 2012. He also serves as the second General Vice President of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and serves as board member on the following:

  • International Union of Operating Engineers – General Executive Board
  • Operating Engineers Local 3 Trust Funds, Board of Trustees
  • California Labor Federation, Executive Council
  • Foundation for Fair Contracting, Board of Directors
  • Coalition of Organized Labor Board
  • Basic Craft Alliance, Board of Directors
  • Basic Craft Alliance, Board of Trustees
  • California Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth, Board of Directors
  • Transportation California, Board of Directors
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Dan Reding, President

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Dan Reding was elected president on September 1, 2015 after being appointed president in December 2014. He was voted into office as financial secretary in September 2012. Dan was elected treasurer and sworn in on September 1, 2006. He joined Local 3 in 1984. He grew up in Napa and graduated from Napa High School. Before beginning his career as an Operating Engineer, Dan took business courses at Napa and Solano Community College. He spent five years working underground for Cal Smith & Sons and then worked at Ghilotti Brothers, running paddle wheels and scrapers, and dozers for McCullian Construction.

Dan then went to work for Bechtel as a dirt foreman on the Shell Clean Fuel Project and became general foreman as the project progressed. After the Shell project, he started working in the crane industry, beginning on small hydros and then moving into conventionals. The next seven years were spent with Balfour Beatty, working on the Bay Bridge, the first phase of the Golden Gate Bridge and the new water intake in Sacramento.

Dan served eight years on the Grievance Committee in Fairfield, where he got his first taste in politics and union business. In 2003, he accepted a business agent position in Sacramento, covering Yolo and parts of Sacramento, including the rock, sand and gravel plants in Madison.

Dan has been involved in contract negotiations and grievance procedures, including intensive time spent working with Caltrans’ issues. After two years as a business agent, he was promoted to assistant district representative and to district representative within four months. Dan graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program in February 2008.

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Steve Ingersoll, Vice President

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Steve Ingersoll was appointed vice-president in May of 2016 after being elected financial secretary on September 1, 2015. Prior to this position, he was appointed treasurer in February 2013.

Steve was initiated in August 1989 and has been a Local 3 member ever since. He worked as a Construction Equipment Operator for Granite Construction for many years in Nevada. He served as a Grievance Committee member before joining the Local 3 payroll in 1996 as a Dispatcher/Business Agent for the Reno District Office.

Steve was promoted District Representative in 2006 and was elected by the membership in 2012 as a Trustee for Local 3. He is a 2013 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program. Steve was appointed by the Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to the Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) review board in April 2014 for a three-year term and was recently reappointed though June 2021.

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Jim Sullivan, Recording Corresponding Secretary

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Jim Sullivan is a Utah native and second-generation Operating Engineer. He was reelected recording corresponding secretary and sworn in on September 1, 2015. He was appointed recording-corresponding secretary in January 2009 after being voted in as financial-secretary in September 2006. After joining the industry in Las Vegas in August 1989 as a Heavy-Duty Repairman (HDR), he transferred into Local 3 from Local 12 in July 1990.

Jim immediately headed to work in Hawaii on the H-3 project. Upon its completion, he returned to Utah and continued steady work for the next eight years as an HDR for employers, including W. W. Clyde & Company and Granite Construction.

His initial work on behalf of the Local 3 membership began with his participation and desire to serve on the Utah District 12 Grievance Committee from 1996 to 1999. On April 1, 1999, he accepted an invitation from the business manager to join the Local 3 staff as a business agent.

Jim was promoted to district representative of Utah District 12 on May 7, 2001. In 2002, he was appointed special representative over Wyoming and South Dakota through April 2004 and was appointed a Local 3 auditor in 2003.

He is a 2005 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.

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Justin Diston, Financial Secretary

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Justin Diston was appointed financial secretary in May 2016 after being elected treasurer on September 1, 2015. He was initiated into Local 3 in 1997 and worked as a plant operator, until he joined the Local 3 staff in 2002 as an organizer in Fairfield District 04. One year later, Justin became a business agent in Sacramento District 80, and was promoted to Sacramento district representative in 2006. In 2010 Justin became the district representative in Utah District 12.

Justin is a 2010 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program and has served as the president of the Utah Building Trades. He said it is an honor and a privilege to serve the membership as a Local 3 officer.

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Dave Harrison, Treasurer

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Dave Harrison was sworn-in as Treasurer on May 22, 2016 and has been a member of Local 3 for 21 years. While in the field, Dave worked primarily in the marine construction industry, specializing in dredging, bridge-building and dock work. Having obtained his Merchant Marine license, he was able to work as a tugboat captain. He was a Certified Crane Operator (CCO) for many years.

Dave joined the Local 3 staff in 2005, as a Business Agent in the Fairfield District, and shortly thereafter, he accepted the role of Dredging Representative. In 2007, he was promoted to Senior Business Agent for Dredging and Safety. Subsequently in November of 2009, he was promoted as Local 3’s Safety Director. In June 2013, he took on the role of District Representative for the Fairfield District, and in 2014, he was appointed Auditor. He has served his union in these capacities until he was appointed Treasurer in 2016.

Dave is a 2017 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program and is currently serving on the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) Standards Board where he was first appointed in 2012. Dave is a proud veteran of the U. S. Army in addition to being a proud Local 3 member. He enjoys representing the membership as an officer.

OE3 FACTS

Early operators from the 1900s were called “boomers” because they followed one building-boom project to the next.

OE3 FACTS

Early operators from the 1900s were called “boomers” because they followed one building-boom project to the next.

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