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Notice from
Central Pension Fund

Notice from IUOE 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.



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, which peaks from December through May, is now underway. [see pictures] 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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We're not going to just sit back and take it.

Glen's reaction to so-called 'right-to-work'


So here we go, “THE USA IS FOR SALE”; if you have not heard the news yet you will. There are big money corporations who said they are going to put almost a billion dollars into the next election and make the money available to politicians who will do what they tell them to do.

The Supreme Court through Citizens United gave your rights away on this and made a corporation equivalent to a human being. This works in favor of both political parties. There are billionaires with environmental business interests on the left that are funding democrats and pushing them to kill our jobs. And there are billionaires that hate unions and want to lower wages for everyone funding republicans that want to destroy our rights to bargain collectively.

So because of the Supreme Court, corporations and their billionaire investors now have the same rights as WE THE PEOPLE in the UNITED STATES CONSITITUTION.

Local 49 Business Manager Glen JohnsonWOW!!!!!

What can we expect next from the so-called leaders of this country? You know what, in a lot of ways we allow this to happen. People don’t vote, don’t pay attention, and that is what allows the politicians to do what they do without consequence.

It is not looking good for WE THE PEOPLE and it is going to get worse.

So called 'right to work' laws are sweeping the nation, pushed by anti-union corporations and the politicians that they bought and paid for. This wave is on the shores of Minnesota now, we are officially an island in a sea of anti-union title waves.

The question for us is what will we do?

Will we do what the people that built this union did when they were confronted by the same type of big corporate power and the politicians they paid for – will we fight?

Or will we wait until our house is on fire and then try to react. I for one am ready for a fight. I’m ready to tell the public what this anti-union rhetoric means to them, and what it will be like in America for all workers if unions are destroyed.

The direction this country is moving on THE RIGHT TO WORK program, it will ALLOW ALL OF US TO RETIRE WITHOUT MONEY.

Anti-union laws like Right To Work have already caused a lot of damage: most people do not have a pension so they will have to work until they die. They have the RIGHT TO WORK “FOREVER”, or as long as they live.

Now is the time for 49ers to stand up. Your union is putting a plan of attack together right now. You will be seeing and hearing about these plans. When everything is in order, and we need to move forward, we ask that you support your union, and move forward with us. Together, we can be the people that stop the anti-union tidal wave, but only together will we win.

Glen Johnson
Business Manager
International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 49


Statement on Administrative Law Judge report on Sandpiper Pipeline Project:

Local 49 commends Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman's exhaustive review of the Sandpiper Pipeline Project. Judge Lipman ran a a fair and efficient public process where everyone had a chance to put their views on the record.

Hundreds of our members were proud to share their invaluable experiences as builders of our nations pipelines during the public comment period.

Quote from Jason George - Local 49 Special Projects Director on the need for Sandpiper:

"Northern Minnesota needs the thousands of family sustaining construction jobs; local governments need the tax revenue; local businesses need the economic boost; and we all need to get more oil off of our rail system and safely into pipelines - Minnesota needs to build the Sandpiper Pipeline."

Read the official press release for more information.


"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.

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

PolyMet logo
PolyMet Mining is gearing up
for a busy and productive few months ahead as state and federal regulators complete the environmental review process and prepare for permitting a modern copper-nickel and precious metals mine. Two million construction hours – about the same needed to build Target Field – will be required to modernize existing structures and build the mine near Hoyt Lakes.

DNR Commissioner Landwehr said it is his goal to have the critical documents “out the door” this spring. Permitting would come next.

Keep checking back for more details.link to March 2015 PolyMet update

Load Fast Modular Loading Systems Portable Crane
The International Union of Operating Engineers is working to clarify that work done using the Load Fast Modular Loading Systems Portable Crane is under the proper core jurisdiction of the IUOE as an OSHA-designated crane.  

Please read this brief explanation, and share it with other members. Note that any questions which cannot be answered by Area Business Representatives may be sent directly to the IUOE Director of Jursidiction, Terry T. George, at either (202) 778-2617 or email to tgeorge@iuoe.org

Load Fast Modular Loading Systems Portable Crane

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

2015 Local 49 Member Picnics
The metro area picnic will be on June 21st at Elm Creek again

Duluth & Virginia area:

SUNDAY August 2, 2014
11:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Veterans Memorial Park
Ely Lake