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 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.
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.