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.
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.
We're not going to just sit back and take it.
Glen's reaction to so-called 'right-to-work'
FOR SALE: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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.
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.
International Union of Operating Engineers
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."
"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.