Media and Press


Who we are

Operating Engineers Local 3 represents the interests of people who build, serve and protect. Most of Local 3’s 37,000+ members work as heavy-equipment operators, but the union also represents public employees, such as maintenance workers and police officers. The training program for construction professionals gives employers access to the highest quality of workers, providing their business with a competitive edge while raising the quality of life for Local 3 members. Local 3’s jurisdiction covers Northern California, Northern Nevada, Hawaii and Utah, and its membership makes up the largest construction trades local in the United States.

Why Local 3 representation matters

It’s simple: Local 3 improves the lives of its members, hands down.
A Local 3 membership means:

  • Job security
  • Benefits (retirement and health care)
  • Representation on the job, at the negotiating table and in the political arena
  • Top-notch training facilities throughout a four-state jurisdiction
  • Community involvement
  • An active Retiree Association
  • College scholarships
  • Social activities, such as picnics, events and meetings
  • And so much more

Local 3 In The News

MAY 13, 2019

Utah Women in the Trades Event
Watch a video about Women in the Trades with interviews of Local operators and District 12 Representative, Brandon Dew


APRIL 11, 2019

San Francisco passes New York to become world’s costliest place to build
Read about Local 3’s journey-level Operator Meganne Pryor


APRIL 8, 2019

‘Utah Women in Trades’ aims to close gender wage gap
Read about how Utah is closing the gender wage gap