Operating Engineers Local Union 3, located in Alameda, Calif., represents the interests of engineers. It has more than 40,000 members, working as heavy equipment operators and construction workers. It also represents public employees, such as maintenance workers and police officers. The union offers various training programs for construction professionals with apprentice-level training and also provides skilled workers in the industry. It provides its jobs through organizing and by negotiating the best possible wages, fringe benefits and working conditions. It offers a defense fund that provides strike funds and pays for legal fees and all necessary expenses in defense of union members. In addition, Operating Engineers Local Union 3 also provides contract negotiations, including preliminary research, salary and classification studies, in-depth analysis of prevailing wages and working conditions and professional negotiations.