Why Join Local 49?

When you join our union, you become a part of a 14,000 member organization that has your back. Our collective strength ensures that you will enjoy industry leading wages, healthcare, retirement benefits, and job security that will allow you to live a good life. You will be a part of something special, and afforded opportunities to better yourself, your family, and your community.

Benefits to Local 49 Members

By becoming a member of Local 49, you also have access to our state of the art Training Center to learn new skills or sharpen existing ones. Ensuring that our members are trained to the highest industry standards is a top priority of Local 49, and contractors recognize that when they have Local 49 members on the job site, they know the job will be performed to the highest quality and safely. The Apprenticeship & Training Fund is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of both labor and management who oversee and manage the funds assets and set policies. Learn more about the Local 49 Training Center here. 

Health Insurance
The Operating Engineers Local 49 Health and Welfare Fund is one of the top multi-employer health plans in the nation and it is the largest multi-employer health plan in Minnesota covering more than 38,000 participants. The Operating Engineers Local 49 Health Fund is a nationwide health plan that offers participants a comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision benefits. The Fund is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of both labor and management who design the plan and provide families with the tools, information, and programs participants need to take control of their health. The health fund has implemented several programs to help plan participants take control of their health such as a medical advocacy program, a family assistance program, and more. Learn more about the Operating Engineers Local 49 Health Plan here. 

Central Pension Fund
The Central Pension Fund is the second largest labor-management pension fund in the nation and it is a fully funded pension fund. By becoming a member of Local 49 you are not only set up for success in your career, but you are taken care of after your career by being able to retire and still maintain a quality life for you and your family. Learn more about the Central Pension Fund here.


Industries We Represent

Local 49 serves approximately 8,400 heavy equipment operators that work under the highway heavy or builders agreement throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. If you’re driving down the highway and see heavy equipment being operated or see a crane in the sky chances are that equipment is being operated by one of our members.
Local 49 represents approximately 3000 public members that work for cities, counties, school districts and waste water treatment plants all across our jurisdiction. Local 49 members build and maintain the local roads, parks, waste water treatment facilities and other infrastructure that makes our communities go.
We serve approximately 1,200 operators and maintenance workers that are barge and rail loaders and unloaders, barge cleanings and maintenance workers, light and heavy equipment operators, private drillers, recycling yard workers, and mechanics. Our mechanics work on heavy and light equipment, trucks, small engines, and anything you can turn a wrench on. We also represent members that operate and maintain washing and crushing plants, heavy and light equipment, various water pumps and small engines, cranes, drag lines, shovels, and batch plants just to name a few. Our private sand and gravel pits are a big part of where we extract the material to complete our construction projects.
We serve approximately 400 members that build and maintain oil, fuel, or water pipeline infrastructure around our region and the nation. We also serve more than 1,000 members that build and maintain the natural gas pipeline distribution network in our jurisdiction. The energy that you use every day is delivered to you through the networks of pipelines that our members build every day.
Local 49 serves approximately 1,300 equipment operators that work under the heavy industrial/highway or builders construction agreements throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. If you are driving around the area you live and you see a road, a bridge, a power plant, a big building, a housing development, a wind turbine, solar farm, mine, or anything that was constructed chances are the equipment used to build and maintain it was operated by our members.

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