2015 Local Officer Election Results
The Certified results of Local 49's 2015 Officer Elections were announced at the regularly scheduled Monthly General Membership Meeting on August 19, 2015.
Glen D. Johnson was elected to serve a fifth term as the local's Business Manager. The complete list of 2015 Officer Election Results is also available.
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.
Local 49’s campaign to defeat anti-union agenda in our region:
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.
Glen D. Johnson
Business Manager/Financial Secretary
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49
"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.