2019 Equipment Competition video summary

2019 Equipment Competition

Check out this video of the recent Apprentice Equipment Competition (Equipment Rodeo) held at the Northern California Journeymen Apprentice Training Center in August of this year. The competition included apprentice’s from Local 3 and Local 12.

As you will see, the competition was strong between Local 3 and 12, with skills of all types being tested. View it now here or view it later in YouTube.


Local 3 and Local 12 Equipment Competition

Local 3 members demand fair treatment from City of Stockton

Stockton City workers need a raise, not a pay cut!

When the City of Stockton declared bankruptcy in 2012, Local 3 members stepped up to help their city out. They did so by accepting pay freezes, wage cuts, benefit reductions, furloughs, and in some cases, early retirements with reduced payouts. All of this helped the city recover, and today it ranks as one of the five most financially stable cities in the entire country!

Unfortunately, city management is refusing to make these workers whole now that the resources are there to do so, offering our members a “raise” that actually amounts to a pay cut once cost of living increases are factored in and refusing to negotiate fairly. That’s why these Local 3 members decided to take their arguments directly to the City Council recently. See what our members and staff had to say to the City Council, then share it with your friends and family. Let’s let Stockton’s elected officials know that these working people have our support and it’s time they be treated fairly.

Watch this recent video of the July 31, 2019 meeting now!

Stockton City Council Meeting - July 31, 2019

Names of 2019 Merit Scholarship recipients drawn at Executive Board

The Local 3 Officers, Executive Board and the Scholarship Board of Directors understand that the workplace is rapidly changing, and many jobs require skills that can be attained only with a good education. Local 3 is dedicated to giving our young people the opportunity to succeed by providing them with the chance to further their education and training. For this reason, Local 3 awards annual scholarships to children, stepchildren and foster children of Local 3 members.

Thanks to donations to the Scholarship Foundation from Local 3 members, fundraising efforts and great management of the Scholarship Fund, the amount of money awarded has continued to increase over the past 10 years. This year, the names of 25 scholarship recipients were randomly drawn at the July 21 Executive Board Meeting. These individuals will receive $3,000, which must be used for study at any accredited college or trade school located in the U.S.

Click here to get more information about Local 3 Scholarships.

Download 2019 Merit Winners


Jobs at stake in Richmond! Join us and fight back.

There’s a battle for the future of Blue Collar jobs in California

The Richmond City Council is considering shutting down the Levin-Richmond Terminal, which means 50 full-time employees would lose their jobs. Lawmakers are increasingly hearing from an anti-working family minority, and it’s happening in Richmond now! Throughout California, working families are at risk of losing their livelihoods. They won’t stop in Richmond, so it is time to mobilize and make sure they get the facts right.

On Thursday, July 18, at 4:30 p.m., we will meet with other members from the State Building and Constructions Trades Council and head to the Richmond Planning Commission meeting later that evening. We will meet at 4:30 p.m. at La Gran Chiquita Restaurant, 250 23rd street in Richmond. Download the flyer for more details!

Tell Richmond to get the fact first. Visit ProtectRichmondJobs.com for more details and to sign the petition now.


Russ Burns retires as head of Operating Engineers Local 3

July 1, 2019

CONTACT: Mandy McMillen
Operating Engineers Local 3
(916) 993-2047, ext. 2505

ALAMEDA, CA – Following a distinguished 40-year career as a member of Operating Engineers Local 3, the largest construction trades local in the nation, and spending the last 13 as the union’s business manager, Russell E. Burns retired at the end of June. He served five terms as the union leader, making him one of the longest running business managers of the 80-year-old trades union.

“It’d be hard to find a better example of a labor leader than Russ Burns,” said Speaker of the California State Assembly Anthony Rendon. “He embodies what labor unions do, because he fought for his members, but his efforts were for the benefit of every working person. His advocacy for safe working conditions, fair wages and needed infrastructure legislation all wound up helping everyone, not just unionists.”

Read entire press release …

Russ Burns addressing the membership

Nevada Apprenticeship Program Benefits from political efforts

Apprenticeship Program gains from political efforts in Nevada

In Nevada, a new emphasis on our Apprenticeship Program has been injected into state government like never before, thanks to our Voice of the Engineer (VOTE) volunteers and the politicians they helped elect last year. For example, in his first State of the Union address, Gov. Steve Sisolak noted the importance of apprenticeship programs and announced plans to increase funding for skilled-trade programs, like ours, with the goal of training an additional 2,000 students.

One of the first things the new, labor-friendly members of the State Legislature did (in addition to hosting the first-ever Apprenticeship Day at the state capitol) was introduce Senate Bill (SB) 207, that the Governor subsequently signed and put it into law on June 8. The bill requires contractors and subcontractors on public works projects to employ our apprentices for a certain percentage of hours, and ensures those who graduate while on one of these projects be paid journey-level wages while still helping the employer meet the apprentice requirement. This guarantees the continued growth of our Apprenticeship Program, with the increased market share that goes with it, and even better career prospects for our current and future apprentices.


From left: Business Agent Phil Herring, District Representative Scott Fullerton, Governor Steve Sisolak, Nevada Apprentice Danielle Leggett, Nevada Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) Administrator Brian Prather

Job Training Leads to Homeownership

Local woman finds career and independence in the trades
Read press release now!
OAKDALE – With the housing prices soaring in California and minimum wage jobs rarely affording people the chance to purchase homes, Kristyn Pair’s story is not that unique. After graduating high school, she couldn’t afford to pay for schooling, but she also didn’t qualify for financial aid, so she found herself working four jobs at one time and sleeping on friends’ couches just to make ends meet. When she landed a job making just over minimum wage as a bank teller, she still struggled. (Read press release now . . . )


2019 Academic Scholarship Awards announced

Congratulations to the 2019 Academic Scholarship winners! The top prize this year was again a whopping $15,000 scholarship.

Download the complete list now.

The winners in each category are shown below.

FIRST PLACE: $15,000
Tom J. Stapleton Memorial Scholarships

Winners receive $6,000 for the first year and an additional $3,000 per year stipend for the second, third, and fourth years of college, provided they remain full-time students.

Jean Paula Pagaduan
Oakdale, CA
District 30
Parent: Jose Pagaduan

Salvador Avila Sanchez
Oakland, CA
District 20
Parent: Sal Avila

Second Place: $12,500

Winners receive $5,000 for the first year and an additional $2,500 per year stipend for the second, third, and fourth years of college, provided they remain full-time students.

Lucy Henneker
Castro Valley, CA
District 20
Parent: Thomas Henneker

Jack Ponza
Scotts Valley, CA
District 90
Parent: Geno Ponza

Third Place: $10,000

Winners receive $4,000 for the first year and an additional $2,000 per year stipend for the second, third, and fourth years of college, provided they remain full-time students.

Jocelyn Franklin
San Jose, CA
District 90
Parent: Daniel Franklin

Tyler Marshall
Saratoga Springs, UT
District 12
Parent: Jonathan Marshall


Local 3 and the Building and Construction Trades Council: May Day Rally

Local 3 and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County mobilized hundreds of union workers and supporters as they marched through the streets of Oakland to a rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza on Wednesday, May 1 in observance of International Workers’ Day, commonly known as May Day. The march was organized in protest of the City of Oakland refusing to implement a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and allowing contractors to bring in out-of-area workers on city projects. The march and rally were covered by local news outlets, including KPIX and KTVU.