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Tuesday November 4th 2014 is election day

2014 Election Day is coming soon. If you care about jobs and the prosperity of your union brothers and sisters, you need to get to the polls on Tuesday, November 4th. This list of IUOE Local 49 2014 Candidate Endorsements is provided for your information.

Not sure where to vote? Click on one of the links below:


North Dakota:

South Dakota:



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 contractor asks the same question: Can Local 49 supply the work force to get the work done? The answer is YES! Every day, we dispatch members to the projects in all three states, helping the men and women of our union find prosperity and success.

You and your coworkers have helped grow your union by spreading the message to others about the benefits of being a 49er. We are constantly getting calls from people looking to join our craft and become dedicated, professional operating engineers.

The recent boom in jobs is a real blessing as we are just recovering from an economic downturn that was devastating to our industry. So, how did we go from massive unemployment to the success we are seeing today? The answer is: we are building a pro-worker economy.

Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota are all seeing a huge spike in private companies building or expanding. These businesses are in need of the safest, highest trained, and most professional workforce. This means 49ers. As business grows, the need for further investment in public infrastructure becomes evident.

Every construction project is dependent upon access to the job site. This means our aging roads and bridges, funded by the dollars in each state’s transportation budget, are becoming an obvious necessity in need of repair and reconstruction. We will be pushing to enhance and repair the transportation infrastructure in all three states over the next two years. This means we need to get people elected who believe in funding the system.

This election is coming fast and we all need to know the candidates that have the backs of the 13,000 members of Local 49. This newsletter will inform you of the public servants in your district that will fight for you, your family, and your community.

The election on November 4th is extremely important if we want to build on the success we have and further the prosperity of our brothers and sisters. You have a duty, as a voter and a union member, to get out there and talk about what’s at stake. Talk about the election at work, at the ball game, or at the lake. Encourage everyone you know to get out there and vote for the people that share our priorities, value our craft, and will fight alongside us as we build a better 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

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.

“Mike Holden, 39 year Local 49 member, is shown here at his retirement party on September 19, 2014. Mike was a Master Electrician for the City of International Falls.

IUOE Local 49 Retiree Mike Holden
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Mike is pictured with Business Agents, Dan Kingsley, Dan Snidarich and retired Business Agents, Thomas “Butch” Pariseau, Joseph “Dale” Long and Jack Guy, who signed Mike to a union card in 1975. Congratulations Mike!