Message from Local 49 Business Manager Jason George
On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, important elections took place in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and across the country. We were actively involved in a number of these races, and our hard work during this election cycle saw positive results for labor and working families.
I am very proud of our collective efforts this election cycle. Local 49 contributed financially, and the boots on the ground efforts to support our endorsed candidates made this election successful. Now that the elections are over, we are well positioned to work on creating jobs in all the industries our members work in.
Thank you to all the members and your families who volunteered during this election cycle to ensure that labor friendly candidates were elected and that union member’s voices were heard. These candidates understand that only with the support of labor will they succeed and it showed this election cycle. We will continue our tradition of working with politicians from both sides of the aisle who understand that jobs are not a partisan issue, and whose actions support the brothers and sisters of Local 49. Thank you for all your efforts this election, the results are something to be proud of.
Jason George, Local 49 Business Manager/ Financial Secretary
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What is “Prevailing Wage”?
Prevailing Wage laws set wage rates for construction workers on publicly financed projects. On prevailing wage jobs, contractors are not allowed to pay less than the area wage rates for each craft.
The wage rates are set by the government – each area of the state has their own rates, and rates are based on wage surveys turned in by contractors and workers on construction jobs in their area. The government sets the rates for each area based on those surveys and what workers make on those jobs.
Our prevailing wage law ensures that all blue-collar workers building our roads, bridges and infrastructure can earn good pay for a hard day’s work. But some out-of-state organizations want to lower the wages for construction workers.
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.
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.
The Enbridge Line 3 Project is a critical project for members of Local 49 that would create thousands of jobs, and it is in danger. Show your support for this project by attending public hearings that will be hosted throughout the state.