Don’t miss the Eureka Crab Feed – Sat., Feb. 16, 2019

Mark your Calendar for February 16, 2019

Don’t miss the Eureka Crab Feed at the Sequoia Conference Center, 901 Mrytle Ave, Eureka, CA (Get directions)

To purchase tickets, call (707) 443-7328

  • Adults – $40.00, Retirees – $20 and Children under 12 – FREE
  • Doors Open 4:30 pm. Dinner Served at 5:30 pm.
  • Limited dinner seats are available but tickets must be purchased in advance!
  • TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

MENU: *Crab, green salad, pasta & bread.

*An alternative is available if you can’t eat crab. Must be reserved in advance.

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2019 Scholarship Applications now available

Beginning January 1, 2019, applications for the 2019 Scholarships can now be submitted. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2019. Online applications can be found below or by visiting the Scholarship Page now. You can pick up a paper application in District Offices, OE Federal Credit Union branches, or OE3 Public Employee Offices. Applicants are encouraged to fill out the applications online and print them for signature and submission.

Note: Academic Scholarship applicants who do not win are automatically entered into the Merit Scholarship raffle drawing (at the July Executive Board Meeting). Please do not submit multiple applications.

Get the applications below or visit the Scholarship Page for all of the details!

Remember, applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2019 in order to be considered.

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HAZMAT Training happening now!

Is your Hazmat card about to expire?

If so, Hazmat Refresher Courses are being offered in your District Offices again this year and into 2019! Download the schedule now.

Classes in all locations will be held from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm (with ½ hour for lunch).

Please contact your District Office to register for the class.

Please bring your current Hazmat card with you to class.

For further questions or for information regarding other classes, please contact the Training Center at (916) 354-2029.

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Local 3 secures major wins for working people

Local 3 secures major wins for working people

Thanks to the hard work of Voice of the Engineer (VOTE) volunteers, great leadership and the commitment of a dedicated staff, the outcome of the recent Midterm Elections was overwhelmingly positive for Operating Engineers throughout our jurisdiction. Our membership successfully mobilized to oust anti-union politicians, elect labor-friendly candidates, secure and protect infrastructure funding and defeat anti-union attacks (see a list of these political wins below). Local 3 continues to be a shining example of working people coming together and making their voices heard, and because of that, the future looks even brighter for Operating Engineers!

CALIFORNIA

STATEWIDE RACES

U.S. Senate

Diane Feinstein 

Governor

Gavin Newsom 

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tony Thurmond 

STATEWIDE BALLOT INITIATIVES

Proposition 6 (Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative) Takes away the $52 billion transportation infrastructure funding that voters approved last year, along with halting current and future construction projects intended to improve the safety and longevity of California’s terrible roads. VOTE NO 

STATE SENATE

Anna Caballero District 12 

Melissa Hurtado District 14 

STATE ASSEMBLY

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan District 16 

SAN FRANCISCO BALLOT MEASURES

Prop A (Embarcadero Seawall Earthquake Safety Bond) VOTE YES 

SAN MATEO COUNTY BALLOT MEASURES

Measure W (San Mateo County Transit District: Sales Tax Measure) VOTE YES 

PLACER COUNTY BALLOT MEASURES

Measure B (Roseville ½-cent tax) Raises $16 to $19 million annually, including up to $10 million for Local 3 work. VOTE YES 

SACRAMENTO COUNTY BALLOT MEASURES

Measure U (Local tax that enhances public safety and city services; raises $50 million annually) VOTE YES 

CITY OF SAN JOSE BALLOT MEASURES

Measure T (Raises $650 million for Public Safety and Infrastructure) VOTE YES 

NEVADA

STATEWIDE RACES

U.S. Senate

Jacky Rosen 

Lieutenant Governor

Kate Marshall 

Attorney General

Aaron Ford 

STATEWIDE BALLOT INITIATIVES

Question 3 (Amends Nevada State Constitution to make Electricity Markets open and competitive) Would deregulate the Public Utility Companies in Nevada, allowing large energy users to walk away from their financial obligations and leave the Nevada taxpayers responsible for potentially over a billion dollars. VOTE NO 

UTAH

Congressional

Ben McAdams District 04 

STATEWIDE BALLOT INITIATIVES

Proposition 4 (Utah Independent Redistricting Commission and Standards Act).VOTE YES 

HAWAII

STATEWIDE RACES

U.S. Senate

Mazie Hirono 

Governor

David Ige 

Congressional

Tulsi Gabbard District 02 

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14th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Motorcycle Toy Run

Join District 04, Fairfield & Mission Samoa in their annual motorcycle toy run. Breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m. with the motorcycle run departing at 9:30 a.m.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018
Where: SMW Local 104 Hall, 4350 Central Place, Fairfield, CA (Get Map)

Please bring a new unwrapped toy. Toys will be distributed to disadvantaged children in Solano County. Donations may be dropped off prior to the event at 2540 N. Watney Way or call (707) 429-5008 for more information.

Click here to download the flyer!

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September 1, 2018 – OE3 Election Results

Operating Engineers Local 3 – 2018 Election Results

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on September 1, 2018, Michael Quackenbush of Miller Kaplan Arase LLP, the Certified Public Accountant and auditor of the Operating Engineers Local 3 2018 Election of Officers and District Executive Board Members, certified that the candidates below have been elected to the corresponding offices of Local 3. The official certificate from Miller Kaplan Arase LLP will be published in the October edition of the Engineers News in accordance with Article XII, Section 3(f) of the Local 3 Bylaws.

Business Manager — Russ Burns

President — Dan Reding

Vice President — Steve Ingersoll

Recording-Corresponding Secretary — Jim Sullivan

Financial Secretary — Justin Diston

Treasurer — Dave Harrison

Trustee — Mike Croll

Trustee — Nate Tucker

Trustee — Bruce Noel

Guard — David Mercer

Auditor — Pane Meatoga, Jr.

Auditor — Rob Carrion

Auditor — Charles Lavery

Conductor — Chris Snyder

Executive Board

District 1 — David Daneluz

District 4 — Mark Fitzgerald

District 10 — James D. Spain

District 20 — Mario Giovannetti

District 30 — Randy White

District 40 — Frank Joe Rojas

District 50 — Danny Henry

District 60 — Jerry Seif

District 70 — Stan Green

District 80 — Tom Sievwright

District 90 — Larry George Watson

District 11 — Joseph P. Gardella

District 12 — Justin Pentz

District 17 — Jaime Harvest-Silva

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Special Report from Business Manager Russ Burns: IT Investigation Update

On Monday, August 20, 2018, the Business Manager sent an email announcement to the members whose emails we have on file, regarding an update to the IT investigation. If you did not receive the email and want to be included in future e-mails from Local 3, contact your district office and ask the staff to add your e-mail to our system. Click here for contact information for Local 3’s 14 district offices.

The full message is reprinted below.

At the March Semi-Annual Meeting earlier this year, I promised to keep you updated regarding the investigation of former OE3 IT employees. Consistent with my fiduciary obligations to our members, I authorized the filing of a civil lawsuit in Federal District Court on August 15, 2018, against former OE3 employees Scott Wilson, Dennis Kelsey and Eugene Romero as well as Wilson’s wife, his brother-in-law and his long-time friend. The civil complaint also alleges and names as Defendants three IT vendor companies that former IT Director Wilson and his co-conspirators covertly formed, owned and operated for the purpose of defrauding OE3. The scheme involved sales of IT hardware, software, and services to OE3, in violation of the law and of the former employees’ duties to OE3.

The Defendants executed this carefully calculated and deliberate scheme through a sophisticated system of fraudulent invoicing by the Defendant companies, often for highly technical IT goods and services. Throughout their activities, they concealed Wilson’s ownership interests and control of the companies from OE3, all while Wilson and his fellow OE3 employees were entrusted with oversight of IT department procurement. Their deceptive practices also entailed false statements to auditors and OE3’s officers, shell companies, fictitious vendor employees and middlemen, backdated and fraudulent contract documents, aliases, data shredding software, and encrypted data and communications.

These former employees abused and betrayed Local 3’s trust and we are seeking the maximum amount of damages permitted by law, including treble (or triple) damages, punitive damages and our attorneys’ fees. The 86-page complaint seeks to remedy the harm suffered by the OE3 members for Defendants’ fraudulent and deceptive practices, aimed at swindling OE3 out of almost $5,000,000. The lawsuit alleges that the Defendants violated numerous Federal and state laws including the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) as well as fraud, conspiracy and breach of the fiduciary obligation that Wilson, Kelsey and Romero all owed to OE3 and our members. I encourage every member to review the full complaint by clicking this link.

Even as OE3 is enforcing the rights of its members through this civil lawsuit, we are continuing to cooperate with Federal law enforcement on this matter. We have also implemented, and will continue to implement, additional measures to further ensure that the type of conduct that the Defendants committed will not be repeated at OE3.

I will provide further updates as the case proceeds. Thank you for your continued support.

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2018 Merit Scholarship Winners

2018 Merit Winners

Thirty $2,000 scholarships were awarded to children of Local 3 members. Merit Scholarship winners are not  judged on academic qualifications but will instead be selected through a raffle drawing. These scholarships must be used for study at any accredited college or trade school located in the U.S.  Winners must submit proof of full-time enrollment to receive payment.

Operating Engineers Local 3 scholarships will not impose restrictions of any kind on the course of study. Recipients may accept any other grants or awards that do not rule out scholarship aid from other sources.

Click here to get list of Merit winners