Local 49 Officer electionsBallots have been mailed for the 2015 Election of Local 49 Officers; members eligible to vote should be receiving them soon. Members are asked to read the enclosed instructions, consider their choices, vote after due consideration, and return the ballots in the enclosed postage-paid envelopes in a timely manner - ballots must be returned via US mail to be counted on August 17th.
If you need additional information please see: 2015 Local Officers Election Guide
Housing Our Heroes
Local 49 is proud join the Shoreview Area Housing Initiative in sponsoring a home through their "Housing Our Heroes" campaign. Our union joined other construction industry partners in volunteering their time and skill in order to build a home for a disabled veteran and his family.
Local 49 is proud to support veterans and help them build a successful future.
Mining Jobs in MN
“Only when the copper-nickel mining industry is allowed to exist in Minnesota, to mine safely, and to create good-paying construction and operation jobs will we be successful,” said Special Projects Director Jason George in a recent article. See: Advocating for new jobs, responsible development
Central Pension Fund
At its most recent meeting, the Board of Trustees amended the Plan of Benefits to increase the 'Benefit Accrual Rate' for Credited Future Service. The Benefit Accrual Rate is applied to contributions made on behalf of participants to determine the amount of monthly benefit that will be payable at retirement. This increase will become effective April 1, 2015. No other changes to the Plan of Benefits have been made.
This action was taken to permit a modest but meaningful increase in future benefit accruals, that will not impede the Fund’s continued recovery from the global economic crisis of 2008-2009.
Statement from Business Manager Glen Johnson on launch of Local 49’s campaign to defeat anti-union agenda in our region:
The forces in this country that seek to destroy your union and your ability to have a middle class life are blitzing the Midwest. Wisconsin is now a right to work state and last week they lost prevailing wage on more than 80% of their construction projects. Michigan recently became a right to work state, and bills to repeal prevailing wage are advancing as we speak. Indiana recently became a right to work state, and a month ago, they fully repealed prevailing wage. Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota are all Right to Work states that don’t have any prevailing wage laws.
If any 49er doesn’t think that these fights are coming to Minnesota sometime soon, they are dead wrong. The fight might not be here tomorrow, but it will come. The question that 49ers must answer is what will we do while we wait.
Will be go about our normal business, and hope that that the people of Minnesota don’t elect anti-union majorities? Or will we take the time we have to start working to stop these policies right now?
I know I have made my decision. We are going to fight, and we are going to win. Pounding pots and pans at the state capitol while the bills are being heard is not a winning strategy. By the time the bills are introduced, we have lost.
We will be proactive, we will not be afraid to talk about our union, how we do business, and how we benefit our communities and the middle class. We have hired professional communicators to help us make sure we have the right messages, and that work has started with the launch of our campaign.
I’m proud that our executive board unanimously moved to spend the money for this effort. I’m proud of the membership for the overwhelming support they have expressed in all of the meetings we had on this throughout our entire jurisdiction.
Our Union is ready to fight, and if we stick together we will win.
Statement on Administrative Law Judge report on Sandpiper Pipeline Project:
Local 49 commends Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman's exhaustive review of the Sandpiper Pipeline Project. Judge Lipman ran a a fair and efficient public process where everyone had a chance to put their views on the record.
Hundreds of our members were proud to share their invaluable experiences as builders of our nations pipelines during the public comment period.
Quote from Jason George - Local 49 Special Projects Director on the need for Sandpiper:
"Northern Minnesota needs the thousands of family sustaining construction jobs; local governments need the tax revenue; local businesses need the economic boost; and we all need to get more oil off of our rail system and safely into pipelines - Minnesota needs to build the Sandpiper Pipeline."
"Right-to-work" is wrong for workers
Right to work’s true purpose is to hurt the ability of unions to advocate for all workers and serve as a check on corporate greed - to restore the way our economy runs so the profits are shared fairly, not showered on Wall Street and mega-corporations.
Local 49 urges Operators and all other working Americans to learn more about so-called 'right to work' and get involved at www.wrongforeveryone.org.