Local 49 urges legislators to invest in infrastructure as budget surplus is expected

“Today, state officials announced that Minnesota has a $1.6 billion surplus of tax money for the 2022-23 budget year. The state owes a debt of gratitude to the men and…

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Minnesota Supreme Court rules in favor of PolyMet air permit

 St. Paul, Minn., February 24, 2021 – The Minnesota Supreme Court today unanimously ruled in favor of the Clean Air Act permit issued to PolyMet by the Minnesota Pollution Control…

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Joe Simmonds – Local 49 Member Story

Joe Simmonds, a 19-year member of Local 49, has been in the construction industry since moving to Minnesota from the U.S. Virgin Islands to owning his own construction business. “When…

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The Local 49 Training Center is Hiring for a Crane Instructor

The Local 49 Training Center is now hiring for a crane instructor. This posting will remain open until Monday, March 8. Click here to view the job description and requirements. …

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U.S. District Court Ends Federal Challenge to PolyMet’s Water Quality Permit

 St. Paul, Minn., February 16, 2021 – A federal judge dismissed a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s oversight of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System water quality permit…

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National Study Says So-called “Right to Work” (RTW) States Have Worse Economic, Health, Social, and Civic Outcomes

In an eight-year period of national economic expansion that followed the Great Recession of 2008, the 27 U.S. states that had enacted so-called “right-to-work” laws saw slower economic growth, lower…

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Virtual Pipeline Informational Union Meeting

Local 49 will be hosting a virtual pipeline informational union meeting on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the limited indoor space that is available,…

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Local 49 Member Connie Smallman selected to be on task force for women’s economic equality

Local 49 member Connie Smallman has been selected to become a member of the Advisory Task Force on Expanding the Economic Security of Women. Last week Minnesota Attorney General Keith…

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