IMPORTANT: MN HIGHWAY & HEAVY CONTRACT MEETINGDear Brothers and Sisters:
We have a proposal for you to vote on for the Minnesota Highway and Heavy contract. The proposal will be explained on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. at the locations listed below. Try to attend the location that is most convenient for you.
The mission of the staff at Local 49's Training Center in Hinckley, MN, is to empower our members through training and education—with the knowledge and technical expertise to perform as leaders in their given craft.
During the course of the training season, approximately 4,000-5,000 members pass through our doors. The construction training season peaks from December through May. During this time the emphasis is on classes geared to equipment operators, but "Day Training" and sessions geared to public sector employees happens all year 'round.
218-333-4735The Bemidji site also conducts CDL checkups for $69.00
Be sure to visit the Health Fund's website to review all the programs that are available to you and your family as eligible participants in the Local 49 Health Plan.
49er Political Action
Sometimes it seems as though unions are under siege, but our Political & Legislative Director is out front on the issues that require us to take action, and we've been effectively communicating with legislators to educate and persuade them.
49ers are more than just engaged voters; we're informed, active members of our communities with real interest in, and concern for, the issues that impact jobs, worker safety, and fair treatment on the job.
Spring has sprung, the work is picking up
It appears spring has arrived and it is about time. As the weather changes so does the construction season, and it is going to be busy. We are dispatching members and apprentices to work in all sectors of our jurisdiction. Local 49 has started the outreach campaign in the Dakotas along with 6 other trades to recruit workers who want a career in the construction industry. If you know someone who has expressed interest in our craft let them know we have meetings set up that they can attend. The schedule in on the DakotaConstructionCareers.com web site.
The economy is picking up and we are seeing positive wage and benefit increases in the contract negotiations, in the shops and public sector agreements and other areas that were not so positive the last several years. So the saying “We all do well when we all do well,” is true. The North Dakota Heavy Industrial agreement negotiations are done and the Minnesota Highway agreement is in negotiations as we speak.
I want to remind every member that if you travel outside of Minnesota, North and South Dakota you the member must call the local union where you want to work and clear in to work with that local union. It is your responsibility to do this before you travel, it is not up to your employer to say you can work there it is up to each and every member to do this prior to traveling. If the local union allows you to clear in to work in their jurisdiction your good to go, if they do not clear you in do not go to work there. It is up to each local union to decide if they will let you in or not.
When everyone is working and the pace picks up I would like to remind everyone to work safe, help your fellow 49er, and pass on your knowledge so we all can be the best at what we do. The safety programs your company has in place is critical to our industry, for your employer to maintain and remain competitive they have to have a safe working environment and you are the one who can make that happen. Having a positive attitude and a good outlook every day will help other workers to do the same.
The political season is upon us and we are watching the bills that will affect us and our industry. We had our lobby day at the capitol with many members attending, meeting with their representatives, discussing the issues that affect our jobs and I want to thank everyone who attended. I have said this many times and I will say it again “This country is run by those who show up.” We will keep you posted as things move along.
The training center is starting to wind up this season of classes, many members attended training to upgrade their skills, learn new skills and get certifications to be able to take that next job. The trustees of our training fund just met to discuss what we need to do to provide the training center the tools they need to enhance their ability to make it the best it can be. If you have some suggestions please let us know.
The Health and Welfare fund is stable and the new programs are up and running, check the health49.org web site to see what is available. Remember this is your fund, we all own it and we need to take care of it.
Work safe and have a good season.
Business Manager, Local 49
International Union of Operating Engineers