Fritz Panek

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“if you’re willing to put in the time and work,
this is a great and rewarding career..”

Chris Rieck


Chris Rieck

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“I know they always stand up for us
and have our back.”


Mark Doble

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“I really feel that I need to give back
to my community...it’s an important part
of being a member of a community.”

Local 49 Northern Area Picnic

When: Sunday, August 6, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: Veterans Memorial Park – 4392 Miller Trunk Road (Ely Lake) Eveleth, MN

A message from Local 49 Business Manager Glen Johnson

Celebrating Local 49’s 90th anniversary

In honor of Local 49’s 90th Anniversary we celebrate the accomplishments that Local 49 has achieved and the history over the past 90 years. Most importantly we celebrate our members – past, present and future, and the work you have accomplished building Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota for the last 90 years.

You as members of Local 49 have so much to be proud of; it is because of you, your dedication and hard work that Local 49 is still here today. Looking over Local 49’s 90-year history, Local 49 and our members have been involved in thousands of projects that have shaped and literally built Minnesota, North Dakota & South Dakota.

You also have so much to look forward to in the coming years. The Governor signed both the transportation and bonding bills, which will bring more than $3 billion of new money that will be put into infrastructure over the next four years. The 2017 legislative session was very contentious, however thousands of you took the time to send e-mails, make phone calls and attend events to push for transportation infrastructure funding – you truly made the difference.

Local 49 is at its highest membership numbers that we’ve had in decades – totaling more than 13,500 members – and there are no signs of our membership slowing down. You are the most hard-working, dedicated and talented people that I know, and with you I am certain Local 49 will last another 90 years and beyond.

Make sure to keep checking back on local49.org and our Facebook page, because we will be celebrating our 90-year anniversary all year long.

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Right-to-Work isn't a "right" to work, it's a right to freeload in a union job

What is “Right To Work”?


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.

Find out more here →

Taking Action on Jobs

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Elevate Minnesota is the statewide public relations campaign where through this effort, working class unions are going to speak directly to the people of Minnesota about the value we bring to the state.

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The PolyMet mining project will mean thousands of jobs for construction workers.

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Jobs for Minnesotans

Local 49 Special Projects Director Jason George serves on the board of Jobs for Minnesotans. This organization is fighting for jobs in mining, pipelines, and power production in Northeast MN.

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