The Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry Stabilization fund works to educate all participants in the unionized sector of Hawaii’s construction industry to ensure that our sector is the most productive and stable segment of Hawaii’s construction industry.
Please visit this page frequently for news and updates and important announcements regarding the well being of our OE3 members and our industry.
It’s called the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, which was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Eligible households can receive up to $50 a month to pay for broadband service. Those that qualify on Hawaiian Home Lands may apply for a benefit of up to $75 per month.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly broadband service discount and one device purchase discount per household. It will end six months after the pandemic is officially declared as over or when the allocated funds are depleted—whichever comes first.
There’s also one-time discount up for grabs of up to $100 toward the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating Hawai‘i internet service providers if the eligible household contributes a minimum of $10 towards the purchase price.
Households in Hawai’i that are eligible to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program qualify if one member of the household:
Qualifies for the FCC Lifeline program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Received benefits under the free and reduced-price school breakfast or lunch program
Filed for unemployment or PUA or experienced a loss of hours in the last year
The participating Hawai‘i internet service providers for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program currently include:
American Broadband and Telecommunications Company
Hawaii Dialogix Telecom
Beginning on May 12, Hawai‘i households can apply for the program in three ways:
Contact their internet service provider directly to learn about its application process and what benefits are offered
Apply online at GetEmergencyBroadband.org
Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application and mail it with your proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742
For more information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program and how to apply, visit broadband.hawaii.gov/ebb.
The Rent and Utility Relief Program can help qualified households pay their rent and electricity, sewer and water, or gas bills going back to March 2020, current bills and future bills. Income limits and eligibility rules apply.
Visit oneoahu.org/renthelp or click here for more information and how how to apply when the program reopens May 3 at 2 pm.
Yes, we know September 1 is Labor Day but May 1 is International Worker’s Day and not only is it celebrated around the world by different countries, but it is also the original “Labor’s Day” and it started here, in the United States. This date was symbolic, commemorating the Haymarket affair, which took place in Chicago, in the United States, in 1886.
On May 1, 1886, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States and Canada decided to protest and go on strike. Tired of being forced to work up to 16 hours a day in unsafe conditions, between 300,000 and 500,000 US workers went on strike in cities and towns across the U.S.
In Chicago, there was an estimated 40,000 people protesting in a well-coordinated and largely nonviolent strike. However, on May 4, in Chicago’s Haymarket Square, a bomb was thrown at the police, killing seven of them and at least four civilians.Police subsequently rounded up and arrested eight anarchists, all of whom were convicted of conspiracy. A court sentenced seven to death and one to 15 years imprisonment. Four were hanged, one committed suicide rather than face the gallows and two had their sentences commuted to life in prison. Those who died are regarded by as the “Haymarket Martyrs”.
In 1889, the Second International, the international organization for workers and socialists, declared that May 1 would from then on be International Workers’ Day.
4/19/21 Update: Oahu intake period is now over. Please check our page often to see when the next intake period begins.
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 https://www.oe3.org/training-hawaii/ for more information
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.
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.
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 https://elections.hawaii.gov/ 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.
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 https://ballotstatus.hawaii.gov/
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: https://elections.hawaii.gov/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 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: https://histategis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=40a88743b85b4fbfb8cf6128bacfedcf
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 – https://histategis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=40a88743b85b4fbfb8cf6128bacfedcf.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 www.give2kapiolani.org/santa
Labor Community Services Program
The Labor Community Services Program works through our partnerships to unite organizations, working people, and resources to build a healthier community.
COVID-19 Food Distribution Schedule:
OAHU: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE FOR MARCH 2021
*March Food Distribution will be held on 3/25, not 3/18
9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. or until food runs out
*PLS DO NOT LINE UP UNTIL 9:30 a.m.*
Kalaeloa-Nanakuli Housing Corporation
91-1041 Midway Street
Kapolei, HI 96707
MAUI: Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or until the food runs out
777 Maui Veterans Hwy
Kahului, HI 96732
Please contact the Hawaii Food Basket for any questions regarding the Hawaii Island food distributions
Please contact Hawaii Foodbank Kauai for any questions regarding the Kauai food distributions.
How does this affect you?
Members that are 65 years old or older or are essential workers in phase 1c are eligible to receive the one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. This event will be held on:
Saturday, April 3, 2021
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
District 17 Union Hall
2181 Lauwiliwili St.
Kapolei, HI 96707
You must preregister for this vaccine. No walk ins allowed on the day of the event.
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