New Beginning at Local 49

September 1, 2018 marked the first day of a new era of leadership at Local 49. I speak for all of the new Officers when I say that we are truly humbled by the outpouring of support we have received from the membership both during the campaign and also since the results were made official.

Now that the election is over, the important work of moving forward together begins. We are excited about the future, we look forward to earning the trust you put in us, and we are ready to work hard to ensure that our Union is better and stronger when we leave it for the next generation.

It’s our responsibility to lead now. All of us. Together.


– Jason George, Business Manager of Local 49


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IUOE Local 49 is interested in learning about health and safety at construction sites. The goal of this survey is to make your workplace a safe environment for you and your coworkers.

For taking this survey, you will be entered in a drawing for a Local 49 engraved Leatherman Knife.

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.

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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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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.

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