Michael Winkler- Endorsement by Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 (OE3)
From Michael Winkler /Sept. 19, 2020, 3:06 p.m.
From: The Friends of Michael Winkler
Press Release: For Immediate Release
The re-election campaign of Mayor Michael Winkler for Arcata City Council is pleased to announce the endorsement by the Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 (OE3). .
“Throughout my service on the Arcata City Council, I have always had an excellent relationship with organized labor and work with their leaders to help promote the best interests of their workers and the community.”
OE3 and their highly trained workers are a key part of the North Coast economy.
The Operating Engineers Union was originally formed by operators of heavy equipment and other workers doing similar work.
In recent years, OE3 has broadened its focus to include other workers, including the staff of the City of Arcata.
By maintaining a high level of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the members of OE3 have been able to continue to provide the services vitally needed by our community.
In my field of work as a sustainable energy engineer, Operating Engineers have the skills to help build large-scale systems, such as floating offshore wind turbine systems.
Building this type of system will take many new highly-trained workers. OE3 can play an important role through apprenticeship programs and can work closely with HSU and College of the Redwoods to see that we develop those workers locally.