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 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.
Business Manager, Local 49
International Union of Operating Engineers
A 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.