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.”

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Russ Burns addressing the membership