Midwest Coalition of Labor Members Only Benefits

Local 49 takes pride in the work we do to improve our members’ lives. Carrying a Local 49 Union Card in your pocket is special and it comes with benefits…

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Local 49 Participates in Infrastructure Bonding Bill Signing with Governor Tim Walz

Today Local 49, along with our fellow building trades unions, gathered at the Iron Workers Local 512 Training Center to participate in a bill signing with Governor Tim Walz for…

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Local 49 Business Manager Jason George Message to Members on Passage of Bonding Bill

“I am very pleased to announce that both the Minnesota House and Senate have now passed an infrastructure bonding bill that will invest close to $2 billion in projects across…

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Local 49 Final Endorsement List

Local 49 Final Endorsement List 2020 Click here to view the Local 49 endorsement flyer U.S. Senate Tina Smith (DFL) U.S. Congress MN 6th District – Tom Emmer (Republican) MN…

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Business Manager Jason George issued the following statement regarding urgency of passing bonding bill this week during special session

“For months now construction workers, small and large businesses, material suppliers, architects, engineers, and local communities totaling hundreds of thousands of Minnesotan’s have watched our political leaders fail to pass…

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Local 49 releases bi-partisan list of endorsements for MN state legislature

Local 49 Business Manager, Jason George, released the following statement regarding Local 49’s bi-partisan list of endorsements: We believe that our members are the backbone of this country. We believe…

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Third Annual Women Building Success National Apprenticeship Week Photo Contest:

Women Building Success is hosting their Third Annual Women Building Success National Apprenticeship Week Photo Contest event on Thursday, November 12th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. As this is a virtual event this year,…

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DLI Apprentice of the Day

As part of National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 9 – 15, 2020), the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) will recognize outstanding apprentices and are looking for nominations. Download the Apprentice…

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Tradeswomen Heroes Award

Beginning this October, NABTU’s Tradeswomen’s Committee and Apprenticeship & Training Committee are teaming up to launch the Tradeswomen Heroes to honor outstanding building trades sisters.  Tradeswomen Heroes will recognize four…

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Former Local 49 Officer, Kyle Jones, Has Passed Away

Business Manager Jason George shared the following thoughts on the unexpected passing of retired Local 49 Officer Kyle Jones: We here at Local 49 were devastated to learn of the…

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Local 49 raises concerns about Northern Natural Gas hiring Texas labor

Local 49 submitted a letter to the regulatory agency in charge of permitting a proposed Northern Natural Gas project in Minnesota. Local 49 Business Manager Jason George issued the following…

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New Enhanced Membership Benefits

For a few months now, we have been talking about providing you an enhanced death benefit as part of a broader package of member benefits. We recently conducted a By-laws…

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Minnesota and the Dakotas Poised for Post-COVID-19 Clean Energy Boom

According to new research from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI), three of the nation’s leading producers of renewable energy are poised to lead…

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Local 49 Partners with Minnesota Virtual Academy to Offer Online Heavy Equipment Courses for High School Students

The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 49 and Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA) have partnered together to offer a unique opportunity for high school students to complete online elective…

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Local 49 will have Union Meetings in September

The COVID-19 situation has prevented us from having Union meetings for the last few months.  We have been cautious in our approach to do our part to prevent the spread…

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IUOE Local 49 Reaction to Governor Walz Appealing his own agencies permits of Line 3 Replacement

Local 49 Business Manager Jason George Released the Following Comments: We are frustrated, angry, and bitterly disappointed today. We have spoken to Governor Walz about the Line 3 permitting process…

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Local 49 and Supporters of Line 3 Deliver Thousands of Signatures of Support to Governor’s Office

Local 49 joined other supporters of the Line 3 Replacement Project today at a media event held at the Minnesota State Capitol to officially deliver the signatures to Governor Walz…

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Project Labor Agreement Reached for Keystone XL Project

TC Energy Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TC Energy) announced today that Keystone XL has reached a project labor agreement (PLA) with four leading U.S. labor unions that will inject hundreds…

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Local 49 Endorses Congressman Tom Emmer for Minnesota’s 6th District

In a press conference today held at Local 49’s St. Cloud office,  Local 49 announced our endorsement of Congressman Tom Emmer for Minnesota’s 6th District. Congressman Emmer has consistently and…

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Jason George, Leader of Minnesota’s Largest Construction Union, Responds to the Failure of Another Special Session to Address the Looming Economic Crisis

Another special session another failure. Our members have contacted their legislators. I have spent countless hours talking to leaders from both sides of the aisle. They all knew the stakes….

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July Union Meetings Cancelled

All July union meetings have been cancelled. In lieu of having union meetings this month, I will be providing a video update in the Members Only section. As part of…

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Local 49 Issues Letter to all Legislators in Response to the Special Session

Today, Local 49 issued a letter to all legislators, including leaders, and the Governor in response to the progress of the Special Session. Click here to read the letter.

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Local 49 Donates $10,000 to Organizations Rebuilding Damaged Twin Cities’ Communities

The damage that took place last week left the Twin Cities in a state of devastation and destruction. Our neighbors are hurting, they have a long road to recovery, and…

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IUOE Local 49 Business Manager Jason George releases statement regarding Governor Walz’s decision to hold a contested case hearing on a water quality permit for the Line 3 Replacement Project.

I strongly disagree with the decision made by Governor Walz to hold a contested case hearing on a simple water quality permit for the Line 3 replacement project. This is a…

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Union Activities Update, Twin Cities Riots, Pipeline Steward Training

Union Activities Update There are three areas in terms of Union activities that I wanted to update members on. These updates are all COVID-19 related. Monthly Union Meetings: Unfortunately, we are…

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Local 49 Metro Area Summer Picnic is Cancelled

It is with great sadness that Local 49 has made the difficult decision to cancel the Metro Area Summer Picnic scheduled for June 28th at Hope Glen Farm. We apologize…

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Local 49 Responds to Bonding Bill Failure

Despite having four months to find a deal on a bonding bill, Minnesota’s political leaders ended session last night and failed to invest in Minnesota’s infrastructure and the people that build…

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COVID-19 Survivor and Local 49 Member Dick Kryzer Shares His Story

On March 17, Dick Kryzer, a 12-year Local 49 member and plant operator for MET Council, experienced the first symptoms of what would later be confirmed as COVID-19. Kryzer is…

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2020 Local 49 Scholarship Recipients

Recipients of a Scholarship award from Local 49 will be announced at the General Membership Meeting on June 17, 2020.  Ten grants of $1,000.00 each were awarded this year and…

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Local 49 Training Center is Hiring – Health & Safety Technical Education Instructor

The Local 49 Training is currently hiring for a Health and Safety Technical Education Instructor. This position will remain open until filled. Click here to view the job description, qualifications and…

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Local 49 Member Joe Abeyta Endorsed for State Representative in District 5B

This week, Joe Abeyta, heavy equipment operator with IUOE Local 49, a city councilman, veteran, husband, and father of three from the City of LaPrairie, won the endorsement of the Minnesota Democratic…

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Local 49 Business Manager Jason George responds to Great River Energy’s announcement to retire Coal Creek Station in 2022

Today, Great River Energy (GRE), a not-for-profit wholesale electric power cooperative providing power in Minnesota and Wisconsin, announced plans to retire its 1,151-megawatt (MW) coal generating power plant, Coal Creek Station,…

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Local 49 supports Congressman Stauber’s efforts to end our reliance on foreign supply chains for critical minerals

Recently, Congressman Stauber issued a press release after he introduced legislation that will incentivize American manufacturers to purchase domestically sourced critical minerals. In doing so, the Securing America’s Critical Minerals Supply Chain…

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Statement from IUOE Local 49 Business Manager Jason George regarding Bonding Bill in Minnesota

Over the weekend, Minnesota House Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt published a statement that tied the fate of a critical infrastructure bonding bill to a growing constitutional dispute between some…

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Local 49 Union Meetings in May Cancelled

I have made the difficult decision to cancel all regular monthly Local 49 Union meetings for the month of May. This includes the Minneapolis General Membership meeting. IUOE General President…

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Local 49 Training Center Open for Field Training on May 6

The Local 49 Training Center will open for field training starting Wednesday, May 6th, 2020. Because we must maintain social distancing guidelines and adhere to proper safety protocol, training availability…

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Impact of COVID-19 on Job Outlook, Union Update, Wage Rates

Impact of COVID-19 on Jobs in Our Jurisdiction The construction economy in our region is doing ok as we all deal with the economic hit that the COVID-19 crisis has…

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Unemployment Benefits Update

Minnesota Members The following letter is for members and their families that are currently eligible for Unemployment benefits. If you have additional question’s please see the links below for additional resources. For the fastest response from the…

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Union Meetings in April Canceled – MN HH Contract Negotiations Update

Local 49 members, The shelter in place order for Minnesota extends through the first half of April currently, and there is the possibility that it will go longer. As of…

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Federal Legislation Summary and Local 49 Training Center News

Local 49 Members, There are two important updates to share today. 1. Congress has passed a couple pieces of important legislation to help Americans deal with the repercussions of the…

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Local 49 Update to Members on MN Governor’s Executive Order

Members, Today Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued a stay at home executive order. This order goes into effect Friday, March 27, at 11:59 pm and goes through Friday, April 10,…

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Health Fund Update, Unemployment Guidelines, Training Center Update, and More

Updated: Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7:45 p.m. Please view the following member communications in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Please check back frequently as we will continue to…

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Pipeline Business Agent Position

Local 49 is currently looking for a new Pipeline Business Agent. The office in which this person will be located has yet to be determined, so we encourage applicants from…

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Minnesota Apprenticeship Enrollment Up 27% Since 2014

A study led jointly by Labor-Management Construction Programs found that, apprenticeship has become one of Minnesota’s most effective workforce development institutions. The number of Minnesotans enrolled in registered apprenticeship programs…

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One Step Closer to Saving Apprenticeship Programs!

Thank you to all our members, your families, and friends who submitted comments to the Department of Labor in response to the proposed changes that would negatively affect every member…

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Local 49 Northern Area Picnic

The Local 49 Northern Area Picnic will be at the Veterans Memorial Park – Ely Lake, Eveleth MN located at 4392 Miller Trunk Road Eveleth, MN 55734 on Sunday August, 4, 2019 from…

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Local 49 Members Working Together for 20 Years

Dan Sapp and Victor (Vic) Yamry have worked together at Advanced Equipment as Crane Technicians for 20 years, and on top of that, Sapp works with his son Adam as…

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Local 49 Members Invited to First IUOE Sisters Leadership Conference

Local 49 members and co-founders of the Local 49 Women’s Group, Wendy Stuhr and Connie Smallman, were invited by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) for the first Sisters…

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Heavy Equipment Operator by Day; Action Sports Star by Night

From the outside, Tyler Pynnonen looks like your everyday Local 49 member – except being a professional action sports athlete and the first person in the world to front flip…

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Volunteer and Donate to Help Local Communities

Volunteer Event Join Local 49 on Friday, June 21st for the Land of 1,000 Lakes Day of Action  volunteer event hosted by United Way, Itasca County Habitat for Humanity and the Itasca…

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Local 49 Summer Picnic

The annual Local 49 Summer picnic will be hosted at Hope Glen Farm, 10276 E Point Douglas Rd S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016, on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 11:30 a.m….

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Trades Women Build Nations Conference Coming to Minneapolis

The 9thannual Trades Women Build Nations Conference will be hosted in Minneapolis on Oct. 4-6, 2019, and the members of the Local 49 Women’s Group are gearing up for the…

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Building Allianz Field

Local 49 members have made enormous contributions in building every major stadium in Minnesota, and the new Allianz Field is no exception. More than 50 Local 49 members and several…

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Judge Lifts Injunction; Work Can Continue on Flood Diversion Project

U.S. District Court Judge John A. Tunheim modified the injunction to allow all requested construction to proceed on the FM Area Diversion Project. The ruling was made after motions requesting…

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Order Your Local 49 Gear Online

Order your USA/Union made Local 49 gear online! Free shipping on all orders! There are a variety of sizes and styles for men and women, and each item can be customized…

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Thank You to Public and Private Sector Snow Plow Operators

Thank you to the private and public sector snow plow operators for all your efforts to clear our roads and parking lots. You work long hours doing dangerous work all…

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Nominate Women Members of Local 49 for Women Building Success Awards

Do you know an outstanding woman member of Local 49? Nominate them for a Women Building Success Award! There are three nomination categories: Apprentice of the Year, Journeyworker of the…

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Pulling Our Weight: Building the Mankato Power Plant

Members of Local 49 are once again playing an instrumental role in the construction of one of the largest projects in southwestern Minnesota. The $300 million Southern Power project located…

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