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Political Action via IUOE Local 49Legislative Update:

  • Local 49 Lobby Day Sign Up – Keystone Rally
  • Keystone Pipeline Action Needed
  • Need Members for Legislative Hearing on Mining
  • Local DFL Town Hall Meetings Scheduled

Local 49 Lobby Day Sign Up – Keystone Rally

MN Lobby Day 2012 was a success for Labor

Local 49 Lobby Day is now set for March 14th. You can find out how to sign up by visiting:


We have added a major event to our schedule. Before we go into the Capitol for our visits with legislators, we will be having a big rally in support of American Infrastructure on the Capitol Steps, the major focus of this rally will be to express our strong support for the Keystone Pipeline and the jobs that it will bring. We are working on getting some national labor leaders in for this event.

This day is a huge opportunity for you to stand with up to 1,000 of your fellow construction workers to tell our elected representatives to get busy creating construction jobs. If you are not working you need to be at this event please sign up and you can use the above link to find out how.

Keystone Pipeline Action Needed

I am hearing from Washington DC that the President’s comment line is full of people opposing the Keystone Pipeline. We need to voice our support right now. This decision will happen within the next couple of months and the President needs to hear from the people who will be out of work if he rejects this project.

Click on this link and email the President your strong support for the Keystone Pipeline and the jobs that it will create.


You can also call (202) 224-3121 to contact your US Senators and let them know you support Keystone.

As with everything, if we don’t show up and voice our support, we lose jobs. Take a couple of minutes to do this, not because I asked you, but because you want to work.

Need Members for Legislative Hearing on Mining

Next week there will be a hearing in the MN Senate on Sand Mining. We are working with our contractors to try to get this industry going in a responsible and safe manner in MN. Hundreds of good jobs are at stake here. There is a real effort underway by the same people that hate Keystone to stop the sand mining industry.

I need some members to show up to this hearing in hardhats and vests – I will be testifying on our behalf about the kinds of jobs that can be created from this industry. The politicians need to see you in the audience to know that we want to work on these jobs.

When: Tuesday, February 19
Time: Noon
Where: State Capitol Room 323

Please let me know if you are coming. Email me or call me at 612-877-3755

Local DFL Town Hall Meetings Scheduled

Here is a link to local meetings with your DFL legislators. I am only sending the DFL ones right now because they are in control of everything and it is most critical to attend these.

I encourage you to get to one of these in your area if you can. The message to them is to do what they said they were going to do: CREATE JOBS

We need more money for roads and bridges not just transit, we need a sand mining industry in this state, we need copper nickel mining in this state, we need the Mall of America and Bloomington Station project, and we need an infrastructure bonding bill – the best way out of this budget situation is to put us back to work.




IUOE Local 49 Political Director Jason George


Jason George
Legislative and Political Director

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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.

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.