loren

OUR MEMBERS:

Loren Schwinghammer

Crane Operator at U.S. Bank Stadium

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Forever changed Minneapolis skyline with the U.S. Bank rooftop sign.

Kathy McCoy

OUR MEMBERS:

Kathy McCoy

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“I’m very proud—so proud that I want to
show my family what I’ve done.”

Terry Skelly

OUR MEMBERS:

Terry Skelly

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“Terry built your seat for decades of memories”

Monte McKeig

OUR MEMBERS:

Monte McKeig

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“He was such a great guy, I’m so proud of my dad,”
Monte's Daughter, MN Supreme Court Justice Anne
McKeig said. “And he was very union proud.”

Mike Kokuck

OUR MEMBERS:

Mike Kuklok

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"My dad taught me and I’ve learned a lot through being
in the union.My mentors have given me training, and
now it’s my opportunity to give back to the industry."

Jody Starch

OUR MEMBERS:

Jodie Starch

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"This kind of work… is vital to us as a country, and
to us as a state. It keeps our country going."

Terry Jensen

OUR MEMBERS:

Terry Jensen

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"When you’re done with a project you see what
you’ve accomplished and you can be proud of that."

doug stave

OUR MEMBERS:

Doug Stave

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"There is a limitless opportunity to grow skills and
continue a career in doing what you love to do as a 49er. "

A message from Local 49 Business Manager Glen Johnson

Business-Mgr_GJohnsonThe United States Forest Service recently announced that they are going to now require a 30 day comment period for the renewal of mineral leases that have been held in good standing by Twin Metals for decades. Mineral lease renewals in northern Minnesota have never been controversial and never required comment periods, until now.

In addition to the unprecedented act of requiring a public comment period, the Forest Service made public statements casting doubt on to their willingness to renew the leases at all, before reviewing any of the comments they are seeking.

We support strong environmental review. We support following the science. If Twin Metals or any other project in this state cannot demonstrate through a fair and science based process that they can build their project while protecting our environment then we will not support it.  No matter how many jobs the project creates.

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However, both the state and federal government appear to be trying to stop a project without even bothering to have a process or look at the scientific data. That is simply outrageous, and it is absolutely hypocritical.

Anti-development forces in this state consistently call for the government to follow the science.  Government agencies are supposed to and should follow the science.  Yet here we have anti-development groups and their allies in government trying to kill a project before one shred of scientific evidence has even been gathered.

We wonder why Americans, and Minnesotans are losing faith in government – this kind of blatant political sabotage is exactly why.

We call on the Forest Service and all government agencies to follow their own processes in law. Stop making emotionally based, unscientific decisions on critical job creating projects in a northern Minnesota region in desperate need of good paying jobs.

Special Notice: West Fargo Office

Local 49’s West Fargo office is moving on Friday, July 1, 2016 and will be at the address below until they move into their new, permanent location. There may be some phone disruption during the transition. Until further notice, the West Fargo temporary office will be at:

610 Main Avenue West
West Fargo, ND 58078

northern area picnic

2016 Scholarship Raffle winners announced

What is “Right To Work” (RTW)?

Right-to-Work isn't a Do you realize that a worker can spend an entire career working at a Union shop, pay zero dues their entire career because they’re in a so-called “right-to-work” state, and then get the same pension and health care in retirement that dues paying members get?

No other organization in America is forced to provide services and benefits to people who pay nothing for those services and benefits.

It is time to bring some fairness back into this system – Unions should be allowed to charge for the services that they are legally required to provide to workers that chose to work at a Union shop.

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