Hiring Event Addresses Construction Labor Shortage
Multiple employers hiring!
Those with construction experience will not want to miss a free Job Fair on Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3920 Lennane Dr., Sacramento, CA 95834. No registration is required and applicants are being encouraged to bring their families, as complimentary refreshments will be available.
As the Sacramento Bee reported earlier this year, the six counties that make up the Sacramento region are suffering from a shortage of experienced construction workers. According to a recent report by Valley Vision and the Centers of Excellence at Los Rios Community College District, the region will need more than 7,000 workers annually during the next four years to address the issue, which contributes to other problems affecting the area, such as a lack of affordable housing.
In an effort to address this need, the largest construction trades union local in the United States, Operating Engineers Local 3, has partnered with multiple employers affiliated with the largest union construction association, United Contractors (UCON), to hold a job fair for experienced workers on Sunday, June 10 in Sacramento.
The upcoming event seeks to immediately fill numerous positions with starting wages between $40 and $45 an hour with benefits by matching experienced heavy equipment operators, crane operators, heavy duty mechanics, pavers, gradesetters, surveyors and construction inspectors with some of the most established employers in the industry, like Kiewit, Granite and Teichert.
According to Local 3 Special Representative John Rector, a similar event held in Sacramento last year drew hundreds of interested workers, and as a result, over 100 positions were filled, many of them on major infrastructure projects in the region, such as the Oroville Dam spillway replacement in Yuba County, the EchoWater facility in Elk Grove and the Southport Levee in West Sacramento.
Operating Engineers Local 3 represents the interests of people who build, serve and protect. Most of Local 3’s 36,000 members work as heavy-equipment operators and construction workers, 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. For more information, visit www.oe3.org.
United Contractors (UCON) is the largest union construction association in the Western United States. Representing more the 280 contractors in Northern California, UCON’s member companies perform more than 20 million hours of work in the field annually. Beyond providing premier labor relations services, UCON recently helped secure the passage of SB1, which will provide billions of dollars for California’s infrastructure for years to come. For more information, visit https://www.unitedcontractors.