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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Senate should support bonding bill, says Business Manager Jason George

Local 49 Business Manager Jason George is encouraging Minnesota senators to support the proposed bonding bill, which was passed with bipartisan support in the Minnesota House. He released the following…

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Jason George statement on SWLRT report

March 15, 2023 Contact: Jonathan Young IUOE Local 49 Communications Director C: 612-463-9117 Email: jyoung@local49.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jason George, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local…

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Local 49 statement on St. Paul strike authorization

MARCH 9, 2023 — Yesterday, our Tri-Council workers (Operating Engineers Local 49, Teamsters Local 120 and Laborers Local 363) voted to authorize a strike. The vote was unanimous, with well…

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City of St. Paul employees vote to authorize strike

On March 8, 2023, city of St. Paul public works, parks, sewer and water employees represented by the Tri-Council of IUOE Local 49, Teamsters 120 and Laborers 363 voted unanimously…

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Offices closed, meetings and Lobby Day canceled

The National Weather Service is forecasting blizzard conditions with heavy snowfall and advising no travel in much of Local 49’s territory in the next two days. As a result, all…

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Local 49 staff testify before Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement

Today Local 49 general counsel Chris Chantry and business agent Jonathan Turner testified in favor of a Minnesota bill that would raise the limit on what public sector units can…

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Register for a virtual health fund meeting

It’s your health fund. Stay informed. Health care costs are going up for everyone, and the Local 49 Health Fund has made several changes. Participants need to know more about…

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Local 49 business manager testifies in Congress on importance of mining critical minerals in the U.S.

Jason George, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 49, testified Feb. 9 in a Congressional hearing on the importance of mining critical minerals in the U.S….

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Local 49 business manager to testify in Congress on importance of domestic mining

Local 49 Business Manager Jason George will testify in a Congressional committee hearing Thursday about the importance of mining critical minerals in the U.S. The hearing will be livestreamed here….

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Online dues payment is here!

Members have been asking for online dues payment. It’s here (and much more) with the all-new MemberLink! MemberLink replaces the old Members Only portal. It’s a completely new system, so…

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Local 49 responds to Biden administration’s withdrawal of 225,000 acres from mineral leasing

Local 49 Business Manager Jason George released the following statement regarding today’s move by the Biden administration to withdraw more than 225,000 acres of land in northern Minnesota from mining…

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Members ratify 3-year contract with Metropolitan Airports Commission

Today, Local 49 front-line workers at the Metropolitan Airports Commission overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement. The agreement provides well-deserved compensation for the hard-working members who enable the MSP airport…

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Lobby Day 2023 is canceled

The Local 49 Lobby Day at the Capitol planned for Thursday, Feb. 23, is canceled. Due to the weather, the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate are canceling floor…

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Priorities for Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session

Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session kicked off earlier this month in St. Paul, and Local 49 is actively advocating for members, both in committee hearings and through one-on-one meetings with legislators…

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Minnesota Highway Heavy proposal meetings

The Minnesota Highway Heavy Agreement expires May 1 this year. As Local 49 heads into negotiations, members are welcome to share proposals for the new contract. Twin Cities proposal meetings…

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WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURES

Due to weather conditions, the Mankato and Rochester area union meetings scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 22, are canceled. The Minneapolis private sector holiday party will still take place Wednesday, Dec….

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Granite Falls meeting canceled Dec. 13

Due to weather conditions, the Granite Falls area union meeting for Tuesday, Dec. 13, is canceled. The next meeting in Granite Falls will be Tuesday, Jan. 10. During that meeting…

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