Thank you, sponsors of the Local 49 Golf Classic to Benefit Homes For Our Troops!

Thank you to the sponsors of this year’s Local 49 Golf Classic to Benefit Homes For Our Troops! Together we raised more than $325,000 for this amazing organization. Supporter Plus:…

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Wastewater operators make strong gains in Met Council contract

Today, Local 49 members who work at nine metro area wastewater treatment plants ratified a three-year agreement with the Metropolitan Council. The agreement includes 18% raises over the next three…

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Offices closed July 4-5

All Local 49 offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

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Local 49 endorses Congressman Pete Stauber

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 has announced its endorsement of Congressman Pete Stauber for reelection in the 8th Congressional District. Stauber, a Republican, accepted the endorsement in…

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New online shop for Local 49 gear

Get authorized, union-made gear you can be proud of at our new online shop. The new store includes new options and a streamlined experience. Visit iuoe49store.com to see all options.

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Wastewater plant operators for Met Council file intent to strike

On June 17, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 filed an intent-to-strike notice on behalf of 176 operators at the Metropolitan Council’s nine wastewater treatment plants. About 2.7…

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July meeting cancellations

Local 49’s Fargo, Minot, St. Cloud and Williston area membership meetings are canceled in July 2024, due to the Fourth of July holiday. Other meetings will take place as scheduled.

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2024 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Local 49 received 51 completed scholarship applications this year from a diverse and competitive group of individuals. Recipients of a scholarship award from Local 49 were announced at the General…

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Building Strong Communities class of 2024 graduates

Congratulations to the Building Strong Communities Class of 2024! Local 49 is proud to partner with the Building Strong Communities program to provide opportunities and train the next generation of…

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All May 2024 union meetings are May 15

All May 2024 meetings will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2024, to accept nominations in the union election. Meetings will be held in Minneapolis, Bagley, Duluth, Grand…

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Apply to attend Tradeswomen Build Nations 2024

The Local 49 Executive Board will select up to 10 members to send to the 2024 Tradeswomen Build Nations conference, with expenses paid. The annual event, hosted by NABTU (North America’s Building Trades Unions),…

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Health fund webinars scheduled

Members, do you want to hear updated information about the Health Fund and get answers to questions you may have? Please attend a virtual meeting via Zoom this spring to…

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Short-term disability insurance open enrollment extended

  What would happen to your family if you were unable to work due to sickness or injury? If you’re a non-retired member of Local 49, you can now buy…

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Book your free spring health screening!

The Local 49 Health and Welfare Fund has an agreement with Health Gauge to provide free annual health screenings to Health Fund plan participants and their spouses who are eligible…

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NEW BENEFIT: Get FREE help planning retirement

Preparing for retirement and understanding your pension and other benefits can feel daunting. But you no longer have to do it alone. Local 49 is pleased to announce a partnership with…

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Bobcat hosts Operating Engineers Pathway students in North Dakota

Our North Dakota Operating Engineers Pathway students visited Bobcat in Bismarck Feb. 28 for hands-on experience operating equipment. The Pathway is training the next generation of Operating Engineers in both…

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Nearly 80 high schoolers attend hands-on event at Training Center

Nearly 80 high school students in Local 49’s Operating Engineer Pathway attended a hands-on event at the Local 49 Training Center in Hinckley Feb. 23. The event was a hit…

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Enroll in short-term disability insurance by March 31

  What would happen to your family if you were unable to work due to sickness or injury? If you’re a non-retired member of Local 49, you can now buy…

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Day at the Capitol 2024

Mark your calendar to join us for a Day at the Capitol in St. Paul on Thursday, March 7. Members who participate will receive a free Local 49 full-zip jacket….

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Dec. 12 Granite Falls meeting canceled

The Granite Falls union meeting for Dec. 12, 2023, is canceled due to scheduling conflicts at the Rock Dining & Event Center. We are scheduling a new venue in Granite…

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We raised $357,215 for Homes For Our Troops

Final numbers are in, and the second annual Local 49 Golf Classic to Benefit Homes For Our Troops in July raised even more money than last year. A nationally recognized…

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Local 49 endorses municipal candidates, November 2023

Today, Nov. 7, 2023, is Election Day! Even though statewide officers and legislators are not on the ballot, many cities and school districts have important elections. Local 49 reminds members…

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Book your free health screening!

After a successful trial run last spring, the Local 49 Health and Welfare Fund has an agreement with Health Gauge to provide free health screenings to Health Fund plan participants…

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RSVP for metro holiday party

This year’s metro holiday party is at Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. RSVP is required. Space is limited to 1,000 people, so there will be no entry without a…

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RSVP for Local 49 outstate holiday parties

NOTE: This is RSVP information for outstate holiday parties only. Go here for information on the metro holiday party. Mark your calendar for this year’s holiday parties! All parties start…

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Life insurance open enrollment through Nov. 30

If you’re an active, dues-paying member of Local 49, you already receive $10,000 in free life insurance coverage and $2,500 in accidental death and dismemberment insurance through the Midwest Coalition…

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Heavy equipment training for high school students launches at Wright Technical Center

Students are receiving hands-on instruction in heavy equipment operation — while earning both high school and apprenticeship credit — through a new program at Wright Technical Center in Buffalo, Minnesota….

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We’re adding 2nd boat for retirees cruise

Due to popular demand, we have reserved a second boat for the Local 49 retirees river cruise in Stillwater, Minnesota, Oct. 3. This allows space for an additional 350 people….

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Construction industry must confront suicide crisis

By Jason George and Tim Worke Via Minnesota Reformer September 7, 2023 The top priority on a construction site is to send everyone home safely. But today, a serious threat…

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September West Fargo meeting time change

The West Fargo union meeting Sept. 7, 2023, will be at 7:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Business Manager Jason George will be present.

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Local 49 Retirees River Cruise is Oct. 3, 2023

(UPDATE – CRUISE IS FULL) Local 49 invites retired members and one adult guest to a river cruise on the beautiful St. Croix River in Stillwater, Minnesota, Tuesday, Oct. 3….

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APPLY TO ATTEND TRADESWOMEN BUILD NATIONS CONFERENCE

Local 49 sending members The Local 49 Executive Board will select up to 10 members to send to the 2023 Tradeswomen Build Nations conference, with expenses paid. The annual event, hosted by NABTU…

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Join Us! Local 49 Picnics in 2023

Local 49 members, their spouses and dependent children, as well as retirees and their spouses, are invited to attend the upcoming picnic events. Enjoy great food, prizes and family activities….

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Sen. Jim Abeler named honorary member of Local 49

IUOE Local 49 has named Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, an honorary member of the union, in recognition of his long career in public service supporting the building and construction trades….

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New college benefit from Midwest Coalition of Labor

The Midwest Coalition of Labor announced this week that MCL members and their immediate family are now eligible for a 10% tuition reduction at American College of Education, which offers…

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Local 49 Golf Classic to Benefit Homes For Our Troops thanks 2023 sponsors

The second annual Local 49 Golf Classic to Benefit Homes For Our Troops is taking place July 17, 2023. Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters! Homes For Our…

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Local 49 Statement on 2023 Legislative Session

Jason George, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, today released the following statement regarding the end of Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session (download a list of…

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2023 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Local 49 received 36 completed scholarship applications this year from a diverse and competitive group of individuals. Recipients of a scholarship award from Local 49 were announced at the General…

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‘Senate GOP chose to walk away from a fair deal’ on bonding bill

As the Minnesota Senate prepared to take up a cash-only bonding bill, Local 49 Business Manager Jason George sent a letter to senators expressing bitter disappointment that Republicans in the…

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61 graduate multi-trade apprenticeship readiness program

Sixty-one students, including potential 49ers, graduated May 5 from Building Strong Communities, a multi-trade apprenticeship readiness program that focuses on preparing women, veterans and people of color for careers in…

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Trades host legislative reception in St. Paul

With the Minnesota legislative session nearing its end, Local 49 and other trades welcomed legislators from both parties at a reception in St. Paul on Wednesday. Here are a few…

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2 members honored at Workers Memorial Day ceremony in St. Paul

Two members of Local 49 who died on the job were among those remembered at a Workers Memorial Day ceremony outside the Minnesota State Capitol Friday, April 28. Member Terry…

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MN Highway and Heavy Agreement accepted by members

The Minnesota Highway and Heavy Agreement was overwhelmingly accepted by Local 49 members in a vote Saturday, April 22. The updated wage rates will be available here on May 1.

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Minnesota Highway Heavy Contract Vote is Saturday, April 22

Local 49 and the AGC (Association of General Contractors of Minnesota) have reached a tentative agreement for the next Minnesota Highway Heavy Contract. A contract ratification vote is scheduled for Saturday,…

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Duluth, Grand Forks meetings canceled due to weather

The Tuesday, April 4, 2023, meetings in Duluth, MN, and Grand Forks, ND, are canceled due to the weather.

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Free health screenings for Local 49 Health & Welfare plan participants

The Local 49 Health and Welfare Fund has announced that Health Gauge will provide free health screenings to plan participants and their spouses who are eligible for benefits. The screenings will…

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Hands-on heavy equipment event for high school students April 15

Join the Operating Engineers Pathway for a hands-on experience operating heavy equipment! Learn about the industry, take advantage of networking opportunities, tour the Central Lakes College campus and get a…

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Members ratify agreement with St. Paul

Tonight, Local 49 members voted to ratify an agreement with the city of St Paul. Our members will earn a 9% increase in base pay during the three-year agreement, with…

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Local 49 donates to strike fund for Hastings food service workers

In an act of solidarity, members of Local 49 showed up on the picket line today to present a $5,000 check for the strike fund of school food service workers…

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Tri-Council reaches tentative agreement with city of St. Paul

On Monday night, March 20, the Tri-Council and city of St. Paul reached a tentative agreement, and no strike is being called at this time. Members of the Tri- Council…

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