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IUOE Local 49

2014 Campaign Endorsements

On Tuesday July 29th there will be a meeting at the main hall in Minneapolis to review candidates in Minnesota that would like to be endorsed by Local 49.  We need to make sure the November elections leave us with a pro-49er majority. Anyone that wants our endorsement needs to prove that they have our back. If we want roads, bridges, and mining, we need to get the right people elected.

All members are welcome to become part of the process by showing up at 5:30 on the 29th

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Training Center

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.

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Health Benefits

Another new Health Dynamics site is available for annual comprehensive Physical exams. 
Sanford Health Occupational Medicine Clinic
1705 Anne Street NW
Bemidji, MN 56601


The 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.

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The big push is on:

Fall is upon us and there is a lot of work that needs to be finished before the snow flies. The one thing we all need to do is work safe and watch out for our brothers and sisters on the job.

Every ontractor asks the same question: Can Local 49 supply the work force to get the work done? The answer is "YES", and we continue to dispatch members and future members to all the projects in all three states.

You and your coworkers spreading the message to workers who are not members that they can have an opportunity to work union has paid off — we're growing. Many non-represented workers that have skill in our industry have been dispatched, and are now members in your union. Keep spreading the word about Local 49 and the opportunities we have available.

Do you think all this work just fell from the sky, that somehow funding just appeared, that the economy changed overnight? Good questions that we all need to be aware of as to what changed, how it changed, and who helped with this change.

I have discussed this before and will continue to talk about it going forward. Nothing happens by itself, there are factors that influence everything and having some in to what they are is helpful when we make decisions about our future.

Almost every construction project is dependent on access to the project, and most of that access is public roads and bridges, funded by the dollars in each state's transportation budget. So it’s political and that will not change. The next step is having people elected who believe in funding the system. So it’s clear that what is going on right now seems to be working. The next step is keeping those people who made it happen, and as voters that’s the other big job 49ers need to be working on.

This election is coming fast and we all need to be informed as to who those people are, and SHOW UP to vote for them. Bring your family and friends. Bring your coworkers, your neighbors, ANYONE. Talk about it on the job, at the lake, at the ball game. Talk about it everywhere because this is a mid-term election and people tend to not show up. Don’t show up and the change we see will be for the worse.

So make it a priority to vote on November 4th, it is your future.

Glen Johnson
Business Manager, Local 49
International Union of Operating Engineers



IUOE General President CallahanA letter from IUOE General President Callahan

On August 1st, 2014, International Union of Operating Engineers General President James T. Callahan issued a written statement regarding the last-minute action in Congress to provide stopgap funding for the Highway Trust fund, which effectively delayed a long-term solution.

"Operating Engineers need Congress to do its job, so that we can do ours. There is nothing more important to the domestic American economy and the job opportunities of Operating Engineers than a robust, long-term transportation funding bill. We are tired of excuses. We are tired of the partisan games."

Read President Callahan's letter.

A pipeline to jobs, economic and energy security:

The ultimate choice when considering pipelines is whether we follow the advice of groups like Greenpeace and “turn back the clock” to the days when OPEC ministers determined our energy security, or improve control by handling our domestic energy resources for the good of North America.

Learn more about why Harry Melander the President of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council and William Blazar, the Senior VP of Public Affairs & Business Development at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, are urging decision makers to carefully weigh the costs and benefits of pipeline development in Minnesota.

Mortar boardScholarship Fund Raffle

IUOE Local 49 awards scholarships to the children of our members to pursue career goals via a college education. These awards are funded entirely by members of Local 49 via an annual raffle.

For more information about the raffle, including the rules and prizes, see: 2015 Scholarship Fund Raffle

Incidental Usage

IUOE Local 49Operating Engineers Local 49 has been working with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) to clarify and correct the use of operating equipment by laborers, and a letter will be going out to contractors to ensure that everybody understands what “incidental” use really means. Basically the letter reminds signatory contractors that they may not circumvent the language of our agreements without committing a direct violation.

Please read this copy of the letter, and contact your Business Agent if you have any questions or concerns.

New & Views from the MN Vikings Stadium construction work:

Local 49 is documenting the work of the skilled union professionals on the job site in downtown Minneapolis as the new stadium rises from the ground.  We have an album growing on Pinterest Join Local 49 on Pinterest- join us there!

Local 49 Operator Tim Busse in Terex 6800 Demag

Brother Darrell Miller
...grew up on a farm so he knows the issues facing farmers and ranchers. He's worked construction and seen things from the standpoint of working families.

We're proud that Darrell is running for office in North Dakota's 35th District.