COVID-19 Resources

Visit the COVID-19 Resources page now!

Due to the ongoing health concerns and changing news regarding the Coronavirus, we are creating a resources page to keep you updated on the latest developments. Providing a safe environment for our members and their families is our top priority. To prevent the spread of transmission related to the COVID -19 virus, please use this resource page to stay updated on what we are doing to protect and serve you in these difficult and uncertain times.

Check this page daily for updates as we work to communicate the breaking news and provide consistent resources during this ongoing crisis.


California Master Ratification Meetings Cancelled

California Master Ratification Meetings Cancelled

Due to the ever-changing health concerns regarding the Coronavirus and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent ban on larger gatherings, we are cancelling the Ratification Meetings, previously scheduled for Sunday, March 22.

The health and welfare of our membership is the highest priority right now. We will be rescheduling the ratification meetings for the districts at a later time, when restrictions are lifted.

Your Local 3 staff is doing everything possible to assist you at this time, and one of the most important things we can do right now is to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy.

Stay tuned for further information.


March 29, Semi-Annual Meeting Cancelled

Memo from Business Manager Dan Reding

Due to concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Semi-
Annual Meeting scheduled for March 29 at the Solano County Fairgrounds is cancelled.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.


In solidarity,


Dan Reding, Business Manager


memo about cancelled semi-annual

The Geoholics Podcast featuring our very own John Rector

Listen to the Podcast now!

Our very own John Rector was recently featured on the Geoholics Podcast on the PodBean podcasting website. John Rector has been working in the land surveying industry for over 20 years and is currently a Special Representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3 in Northern California. John provides some great insight into the Surveyor Apprenticeship Program including the advantages and successes its members share.

Listen to the PodBean Podcast now

About Geoholics…

The purpose of this podcast is to provide listeners with a light-hearted yet serious perspective on the life of a geomatics professional. Topics will cover the spectrum of these great professions without limitations. Listeners can count on not only being entertained, but also taking something of value away from each episode. Our goal is to not waste your time!


Update on Newmont Gold Mines Merger

Newmont Goldcorp in partnership with Local 3

According to Nevada Gold Mines, the merger between Barrick Gold Corporation and Newmont Goldcorp is complete. The current contract that Local 3 has in place with Newmont contains successor language, which would ensure the 1,300 employees that Local 3 represents at these mines continue to have their union protections, wages and benefits following the merger. Local 3 has represented Newmont workers for the last 50 years, and we are doing all in our power to make sure these workers continue to enjoy the benefits of that representation.

For more information visit our Newmont Landing page now!


To learn more and be in touch with one of our representatives please provide the information below and hit submit!


City of Stockton Employees Vote To Strike


Dec. 19, 2019

CONTACT: Michael Eggener
(209) 321-0741

STOCKTON – After employees with the City of Stockton recently authorized a strike by a 90 percent vote, three of the units (Stockton Municipal Utilities District Supervisors, the Maintenance Unit and the Trades and Maintenance Unit) overwhelmingly rejected the City’s Last Best and Final offer yesterday. The offer failed to meet cost-of-living increases and address other important issues. City workers, which are represented by Operating Engineers Local 3, have requested a meeting with City representatives and a state mediator to avoid a Labor Action. This meeting is scheduled for January (. . . . more)

Read about the breaking story now in the Stockton Record!

Contact the PR Department now to obtain high resolution images of the photos on the right. Click on each photo to see in a separate window.

Want to become an Operating Engineer? Attend the next California Apprenticeship Orientation

Reserve your spot now!

In order to get an application, you must attend a mandatory orientation. The next orientation scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020 is completely sold out.

Note: We limited the tickets to the first event to 200 due to overwhelming interest. 

But the good news is we just announced the date for the next orientation meetings…yes, four meetings to be held  on the same day in locations across Northern California. Reserve a spot for the June 27, 2020 date at a location near you!

Reserve your spot for a June 27 meeting now

If you have specific questions and live in the following districts, contact the Apprentice Coordinator below:

  • District 01 – San Francisco, Burlingame and surrounding area: Meg-Anne Pryor, (650) 652-7969
  • District 04 & 10 – Fairfield & Rohnert Park: Holly Brown, (707) 429-5008
  • District 20 – Oakland, Alameda, East Bay: Randall Miller, (510) 748-7446
  • District 30 – Stockton: Billy Neely & Doug Albright, (209) 943-2332
  • District 40, 60, 70, Eureka,Yuba City, Redding : Danny Roles, (707) 443-9238
  • District 50, Fresno: Mark Fagundes, (559) 229-4083
  • District 80, Sacramento: Jenny Crist, (916) 993-2055
  • District 90, Morgan Hill: Eddie Estrada, (408) 465-8260

Located 22 miles southeast of Sacramento, the California OE3 JATC site consists of an 11-½-acre campus, with an additional 1,500 acres devoted to crane, heavy equipment, COL and maintenance area, where hands-on training is conducted. The facilities are used to upgrade and multiply the equipment skills of members of the country’s largest construction union.

Instructors at OE3 JATC are required to attend new and advanced instructor training through the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) to ensure the continued quality of the program and the high standards established for the staff.

Visit the California Training Center webpage now for more details.

Women in the Trade

There’s a reason this is called a brotherhood and sisterhood. You become a member of a proud family when you become a member of Local 3. Watch this video produced by KEEN utility at the OE3 JATC Training Center.


Watch the video now!

Richmond Rally is on! Be there on December 3rd to help protect Richmond Jobs

Protect Richmond Jobs

The rally is back on!

We rallied before and we are going to rally again.

Date: December 3rd, 2019
Time:  4:00 p.m.
Where: We will be meeting at the La Gran Chiquita restaurant 250 23rd street, Richmond, then going into the Richmond City Council Meeting.
Dinner will be provided!

In July, we gathered with hundreds in support of our brothers and sisters working at the Levin-Richmond Terminal before the Richmond Planning Commission. The action led the commission to vote unanimously to protect our jobs for awhile. Another rally was planned for Nov. 5, before it was cancelled by the Mayor a few days before the City Council meeting was to meet.

A third rally is now set for Dec. 3, to tell the Richmond City Council to join the Planning Commission and get all the facts first before deciding to sacrifice the jobs of safe, skilled workers.

Tell the City Council to get the facts first. Visit

RSVP now on our phone APP if you plan to attend. If you already use the OE3 APP, go to the RSVP button link at the bottom of the APP screen to RSVP. If you haven’t downloaded the phone APP, click here or use the QR codes below!

Richmond Rally Dec. 3

Is your HAZMAT card about to expire?

HAZMAT Refresher

Download the list now!

Please note: New class just added for Eureka, District 40 on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.

Is your HAZMAT card about to expire? If so, HAZMAT refresher courses are being offered in your District Offices.

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

Please contact your District Office to register for the class. Make sure to bring your current HAZMAT card with you to class.

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


Don’t miss the 15th annual Pancake Breakfast and Motorcycle Toy Run

Operating Engineers Fairfield District & Mission Samoa

15th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Motorcycle Toy Run

Don’t miss this annual event. Motorcycle’s not required.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 – Breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m., Motorcycle run departs at 9:30 a.m.

Where: SMW Local 104 Hall, 4350 Central Place, Fairfield, CA

Everyone is welcome! Motorcycle not necessary to participate.

Please bring a new unwrapped toy. Toys will be distributed to disadvantaged children in Solano County.

Donations can be dropped off prior to the event at the Fairfield, District 4 office, 2540 N. Watney Way, Fairfield, CA

Call (707) 429-5008 for more information.