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
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.
The work picture for operating engineers for the next several years is strong.
Summer 2014 has arrived and looks to be one of the wettest years that Minnesota has had in recent memory. The rain has caused flooding in lakes, rivers, ditches, fields and other low ground areas. North and South Dakota have had their share of flooding as well. Over 50% of the counties in Minnesota have reported damage to roads, culverts, bridges, and properties.
The International Union in Washington, D.C. has set up a disaster fund for members. If your primary residence has damage caused by flooding you should talk to your local business representative about the application process to receive financial assistance from our International office.
The repair work and rebuilding of the flooded areas will take some time as well as an assessment of the magnitude of the damage. Projects to pre-empt another flooding disaster, like the Fargo/Moorhead diversion, have been funded and the work will be ongoing for the next several years.
The Vikings and the Saints stadium projects are well underway. We also have hotel and retail building projects connected to the stadium projects. Private investment companies are once again looking at the Midwest for growth potential. This interest is a good sign that the upper Midwest is a place that business wants to be. The Midwest region offers versatile workers and our transportation system in and out of the region factor in those decisions.
The work picture for operating engineers for the next several years is strong. We are at an all-time high in our apprenticeship program with over 250 working apprentices. As members retire our job is to replace those members with trained, skilled and productive workers. We are doing just that, and will continue to recruit workers for our industry as we go into the future. Over 5000 members attended classes last season to learn new skills and upgrade their existing knowledge of industry practices. This is a testament to you and your coworkers that Local 49 has some of the most trained operators in the country.
A reminder in that if you travel into another local’s jurisdiction you must clear in to work there. It is your responsibility, not your employer to do clear you in before you travel.
Help your brother and sister 49er be the best they can be, work safe and have a great summer.
Work safe and have a good season.
Business Manager, Local 49
International Union of Operating Engineers