February 18, 2021

Apprenticeship Victory

In case you missed it, the International Union of Operating Engineers’ (IUOE’s) Engineers Action and Response Network (EARN) sent out an email with some great news for our trade, our Local and our Apprenticeship Programs today! Here is the text from that message:

“The Operating Engineers applaud the Biden Administration for rescinding the Trump Executive Order that created the framework for industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). Two years ago, the IUOE launched a campaign against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed regulations governing industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. Those regulations, which were sought by greedy, anti-union contractors, would have lowered industry standards and undermined our investments in our own training and apprenticeship programs.

“The IUOE invests $180 million every year in training. Our apprenticeship programs produce the highest skilled, safest, most productive workers in the world who deliver projects on time and under-budget. Workers who complete an IUOE apprenticeship program earn $300,000 more over the course of a career. They are also less likely to be injured or lose their life on the job.

“In total, over 300,000 comments were submitted to the Department of Labor against the IRAP program. IUOE members submitted close to 15,000 comments and other construction union members submitted thousands more. As a result of our efforts, we were successful in exempting construction from the final IRAP regulations. The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and other anti-union organizations however, still strongly advocated to rescind the exemption for construction.

“The IUOE appreciates President Biden’s leadership on strengthening registered apprenticeship programs and pulling the plug on an unaccountable corporate sop. Because of this decision, the Operating Engineers and other trade unions are better positioned to deliver the types of skill training required to rebuild this country.”

February 11, 2021

National infrastructure bill introduced by Davis

On the national level, our International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) is supporting the H.R. 2541, the Building United States Infrastructure and Leveraging Development (BUILD) Act introduced by U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

As of December 1, 2020, no surface transportation Private Activity Bonds remain available as the entire $15 billion statutory cap has been issued or allocated by the Department of Transportation. The BUILD Act would double the statutory cap to $30 billion, allowing state and local governments to enter into public-private partnerships and improve their ability to finance additional surface transportation projects.

Read more here

February 8, 2021

Hawaii Utility Bill Assistance Program

Are you falling behind on your payments to electric, water, sewer and gas utilities?

Eligible residents in every county can receive a one-time assistance of funds up to $750.00. That amount can be paid to one utility or split among several.

For more information, go to Aloha United Way at

February 2, 2021

Uniting Our Strengths and Working Together

Politics determine everything from whether projects get funded, to how safe a jobsite is, standards for livable working wages or what rights members will have at a workplace.  With the start of the 2021 legislative session, we will be sure to keep the membership updated, especially in areas where member participation is needed to support our union. 

The goal of HOEISF is and always will be to do what is best for our members and the industry. 

December 28, 2020


This is always a hopeful time, as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. And while 2020 was difficult for many, we must also look back on this year with the knowledge that brighter days are ahead of us – that although our challenges are great, each of us has the courage and determination to rise up and meet them.

Unions demonstrate the power of collective action. When workers join together, they gain the clout to get better wages and benefits, safe workplaces, world-class training and improved working conditions. On our own, we can’t make any of these gains.  When we access our collective power, unions are essential to making a better, more just world for all.   

Brothers and sisters, we have been winning.  And even when we don’t win each battle, the very act of fighting is winning. When we fight, we are defining our vision, experiencing the joy of collective action, and creating the world we want.   

This week, as Local 3 members across the country gather with family and friends, we want to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

 “Labor never quits. We never give up the fight – no matter how tough the odds, no matter how long it takes.”

George Meany

In Solidarity. Always.

Union Proud. Union Strong.

Operating Engineers Members Organize Toy Run For Kapiolani Medical Center

December 21, 2020

The Kapiolani Medical Center received dozens of brand new toys yesterday by over 70 motorcycle riders to give out to the little patients that come into the hospital. Local 3, District 17 members organized the toy run as a way to give back to the community during these unprecedented times. The drive coordinator was Local 3 member Michael Akau, who is also the State Administrator for the Hawaii Operating Engineers Journeymen and Apprentice Training Center (OE3 JATC).

“It’s important for use to give back,” said Michael Akau.

“We feel construction has been essential, and we’re blessed to be able to continue working. So it’s our way with our motorcycle community to give back to the keiki.”

We are proud of all of our union members that participated in this event and other volunteer events and thank them for going over and beyond during these uncertain times.

Read more about the Toy Run click here

For more information on how to donate gifts to the hospital, head to

December 10, 2020


During this joyful holiday season, the Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry Stabilization Fund extends our best wishes for a healthy and happy new year to you, your friends and family. As we celebrate in our different ways, we can all be thankful for the solidarity that gives us strength to fight for what is right.

As the decade comes to a close, we’ve made incredible strides at Local 3. This year has been like no other. But we’ve remained united and steadfast and fought back when necessary and now we’ve emerged more engaged and stronger than ever.

December 4, 2020


Thank you to all of our Local 3 members that have pre registered for this event. Our online registration is now closed but if you still want to register, you can call (808) 845-6221 until Friday, December 4, 2020, 5 pm.

November 17, 2020


Oahu’s EOE event will look a little different this year amid the corona virus pandemic. We welcome all active Local 3 members and retirees to take part in District 17’s 2020 EOE Drive Thru Event where you can drive to the Kapolei hall between 9 and 11 am and receive a gift card and other small items from the safety of your car.

When: Saturday, December 5, 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Where: Local 3 Union Hall, 2181 Lauwiliwili St., Kapolei, HI 96707

November 11, 2020


We’d like to take this moment to thank all the brave men and women that have served our country so that we may enjoy the freedom we have today.

November 6, 2020

Congratulation to all of the Local 3 endorsed candidates that have won their election this year. We are proud to be able to celebrate your successes and achievements with you and we look forward to your future endeavors.

October 28, 2020

It’s not too late to turn your ballot in!

You can drop off your voted ballot in-person to a voter service center or to a place of deposit. The deadline to drop off your voted ballot at a voter service center or place of deposit is 7:00 pm on Election Day, November 3, for collection by your County Elections Division. You can drop off your ballot in person at a voter service center or drop box. Click here for locations:

Voter Service Centers – October 20 through November 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, and November 3, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Places of Deposit – Final collection at 7:00 pm on Election Day. For dates and hours, click on a location near you –

October 17, 2020

Once you’ve filled in your ballot, you must prepare your ballot for return. Re-fold your ballot, seal it in the secret ballot sleeve, then place the secret ballot sleeve in the return envelope and sign the return envelope. Voters must sign the return envelope for the ballot to be counted.

You can return your ballot by mail (no stamp needed) or in-person at a designated place of deposit. Click here for voter service centers and places of deposit:

Ballots must be received by the Clerk’s office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, but should you decide to mail in your ballot, it is strongly recommended that you send it in by October 27.

You should receive your mail ballot packet by October 16, 2020. Beginning October 1, 2020, you can check the status of your mail ballot packet and your voted return envelope at

If you haven’t registered to vote, there’s still time. Voter registration deadline is Monday, October 5, 2020. You can register one of three ways: 1) Go to Hawaii’s Office of Elections website at and register completely online or 2) print out a voter registration application form from the same website, fill it out and mail it/drop it off or 3) pick up an application from an election office, U.S. post office or most state agencies fill it out and mail it/drop it off. Just be sure to complete your registration form and turn it in by October 5, 2020.


September 22, 2020

On October 3rd and 4th, the Labor Community Service Program in partnership with My Health Solutions will be providing a Drive Through Flu Shot Clinic at Kakaako Waterfront Park.  The LCSP will vaccinate 1000 insured and 1000 uninsured people on a first come first served basis. If you are uninsured, please bring your union ID card. You must fill out the release and consent form prior to the event. You can get the release and consent form here:

American Construction Safety Week

September 14, 2020

This week is American Construction Safety Week.  As such, Operating Engineers Local 3 understands that safety is everyone’s responsibility and we take this responsibility seriously. We will continue to work with our members to ensure that we continue to follow safety protocols on our jobsites, at home and when we’re in our neighborhoods.


Want a career that takes you places? It all starts at one of the country’s most prestigious training centers, the Hawaii Operating Engineers Journeymen and Apprentice Training Center (OE3 JATC), where apprentices train for free!

Go to for more information

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