13,000 Men and Women in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota are Local 49 Members
WE BUILD YOUR FUTURE
If you work under our Minnesota Builder’s Agreement it’s time to begin thinking about what you want to see changed in the contract, and submit your proposal(s) as we prepare for negotiations. Meetings are being held throughout our coverage area.
Looking at 2016:
We look forward to a very busy construction season for 2016. The five year Federal funding allocations for transportation projects will bring over 10 billion dollars of work to our jurisdiction. Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota will benefit with matching State funds, after approval of respective legislatures, which in turn will fund infrastructure projects throughout the region. We anticipate these combined projects will bring thousands of hours of work to be done by our members. We will keep you updated on the progress of these funding initiatives.
The ballot initiative in South Dakota that would guarantee the rights of all organizations to collect fees for the services that they provide cleared a major milestone yesterday. The SD Secretary of State certified a ballot initiative submitted by one of our members, and it will be on the November ballot. 49ers should be extremely proud for leading this effort and standing up for our union, our benefits, and our families.
This year’s Local 49 Day at the Capitol is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23rd. Use this opportunity to meet with your local legislators to discuss issues relevant to our industry. RSVP is required for this event. Please check back here for additional information soon.
As the construction season draws near please look at using this time to update your certifications. Our Training Center website will guide you to class locations and times. Utilize this educational resource to upgrade your skills. The Training Center is hosting an open house event on April 7th and 8th. Please check their website for details on this event.
The metro area summer picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 26th. We will be hosting the picnic at Hope Glen Farms in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Check out their website for more information on fun things to do on the farm. More details on how to RSVP for the picnic will be available on our Local 49 website soon.
Glen D. Johnson
What is “Right To Work” (RTW)?
It doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a job, or provide any freedom in your workplace that you don’t already have.
Big corporations are pushing these laws to entice Union members to stop paying dues while forcing the Unions to continue to provide full services. The Union can’t survive doing this, and that is the point, they are using this law to try to put Unions out of business.