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Kat Ertter

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Her advice to those thinking of switching careers is “be
willing to learn.” “Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and
recognize that you can always improve on something,”

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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

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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

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Terry Skelly

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“Terry built your seat for decades of memories”

Monte McKeig

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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."

Jodie Starch

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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."

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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

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Unsafe Working Conditions in North Dakota Are Unacceptable

We have received reports of unlawful activity that threatens the safety of workers attempting to do their jobs constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Members report protestors breaking through security lines and making threats, having rocks thrown at them, and being chased out of their equipment and off the job site.

This is not the first time we have heard such reports. There is an active investigation by local authorities into equipment that was set on fire that has been reported in local newspapers and many other reports of vandalism.

This behavior by protestors is unacceptable. Union workers are simply trying to do their jobs and do not deserve to be treated this way. Whatever issues any group has with this project should be settled in a court of law or through the regulatory process. We support everyone’s right to peacefully protest for any reason, we exercise that right frequently as a Union. However, we do not support, nor should any elected official or any citizen, unlawful and violent protests of any kind for any reason.

The General Presidents of the Laborers International Union of North America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the United Association, and the International Union of Operating Engineers sent a letter to Governor Dalrymple asking him to take action to enforce the law and protect workers.

We hope the Governor is listening and takes action immediately to restore law and order to this situation. Something must be done to ensure that men and women who are there to simply do a job and earn a living have the opportunity to do so free from threat of violence.

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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: 2016-2017 REGISTRATION FOR TRAINING CLASSES TO BEGIN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 AT 8 A.M.

The 2016-2017 Training Schedule have been mailed to all Local 49 Union Members on September 22nd. The ability to register for classes on this website will be opened up at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 26th.

Please visit https://www.local49training.org/register-for-training/

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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