Open enrollment deadline extended

The open enrollment period for supplemental life, AD&D, critical illness and accident insurance through MCL/Voya has been extended. It will now end on Sunday, Dec. 4, at midnight. Local 49…

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Before apprenticeship, Akeethia Lloyd was ‘just trying to survive’

Before she became an operating engineer apprentice, Akeethia Lloyd was “just trying to survive.” Going through Local 49’s Apprenticeship Program literally changed her life. Akeethia is now a career navigator…

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Celebration of life scheduled for former Local 49 President Pendzimas

A celebration of life for former Local 49 President Jon R. “Jack” Pendzimas will take place noon to 3 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 20, at Rush Creek Country Club and…

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Operating Engineers Pathway students take part in ‘heavy equipment rodeo’

Ames Construction hosts hands-on event for Operating Engineers Pathway Oct. 15 ROSEMOUNT, MN — High school students from across the state tested their skill behind the controls of a bulldozer,…

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Photos: Retirees river cruise

It was a beautiful day for the Local 49 Retirees River Cruise Oct. 11 in Stillwater, Minnesota. See photos from the cruise here.

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St. Paul drops appeal in vaccine mandate case

The city of St. Paul has dropped its appeal of a court ruling that it committed an unfair labor practice by unilaterally implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees. The…

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Local 49 endorses Finstad for Congress

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 endorses Congressman Brad Finstad, a Republican from New Ulm, for reelection in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District (see the formal press release here)….

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2022 Retirees River Cruise details for attendees

The 2022 Retirees River Cruise is full and cannot accept additional attendees. Below are details for those who submitted RSVPs. What: Local 49 Retirees River Cruise When: Tuesday, Oct. 11,…

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Local 49 endorses Emmer for reelection

Local 49 has endorsed Congressman Tom Emmer for reelection in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. “Congressman Emmer has been an advocate for family-supporting, union jobs, including his unwavering support of Davis-Bacon…

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IUOE Local 49 Endorses Schultz for attorney general

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, Minnesota’s largest construction union, endorses Jim Schultz for Minnesota attorney general. (See the formal press release here.) Local 49 Business Manager Jason…

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2022 Metro Area Picnic a success

Approximately 900 people attended Local 49’s 2022 Metro Area Picnic Sunday, Sept. 25, at Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove. It was a beautiful day for food and fun with…

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Get authorized 49er gear on new website

A new website, 49ergear.com, makes it easy to buy authorized Local 49 clothing. Find high-quality, union-made clothes that fit your personality. Whether you’re looking for T-shirts and polos for the…

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MINNESOTA ALLOCATION VOTES NOW ONLINE

Members who work under the Minnesota Builders or Highway Heavy agreements can vote through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, on how to allocate wage and benefit increases that will take…

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IUOE Local 49 Endorses Walz for Reelection

Media contact: John Pollard IUOE Local 49 Legislative Director C: 651-329-2373 Email: jpollard@local49.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IUOE Local 49 Endorses Walz for Reelection MINNEAPOLIS — The International Union of Operating…

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Local 49 Retirees River Cruise is Oct. 11, 2022

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

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High schoolers explore heavy equipment operation: Enrolling now

Press Contact: Jonathan Young IUOE Local 49 Communications Director C: 612-463-9117 Email: jyoung@local49.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE First-of-its-kind program registering students for fall semester after 2 years of success The call…

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Local 49 endorses Congressman Pete Stauber

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

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Local 49 business manager welcomes news of mining joint venture

Local 49 Business Manager Jason George welcomed today’s announcement that two premier mining companies will work together in northern Minnesota. PolyMet Mining Corp. and Teck American Inc. are forming a…

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Local 49 endorses Minnesota House and Senate candidates

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, Minnesota’s largest construction union, has endorsed 73 candidates in the upcoming elections for the state House and Senate. Local 49 takes a…

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

Local 49 thanks the sponsors of the first-ever Local 49 Golf Classic to Benefit Homes For Our Troops! We raised more than $250,000, and we couldn’t have done it without…

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You can help provide homes for our troops

When duty called, our veterans answered. Now it’s our turn. Donate to Homes For Our Troops More than 1,000 severely injured veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan need…

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Join us at the 2022 Metro Area Picnic Sept. 25

2022 Metro Area Picnic 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Local 49 members, their spouses and dependent children, as well as retirees and their spouses, are invited. The…

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New location for Northern Area Picnic Aug. 7

Local 49’s Northern Area Picnic is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in a new location. This year’s picnic will be at Olcott Park, 901…

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Frontline Worker Pay — what to know

Applications for Frontline Worker Pay (“hero pay”) from the state of Minnesota are now open, and some Local 49 members may qualify. The deadline to apply is July 22. Local…

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2 members honored with Women Building Success awards

Two Local 49 members were honored at the 2022 Women Building Success Awards Ceremony in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Wednesday, June 1. Brittney Bray received an honorable mention in the…

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Judge rules St. Paul vaccine mandate an unfair labor practice

A Ramsey County judge ruled yesterday that the city of St. Paul engaged in an unfair labor practice by unilaterally implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees without negotiating with…

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NOW HIRING: Instructors for Training Center

The Local 49 Training Center is hiring for several instructor positions: Safety instructor: View the job description here. Email resume and cover letter to resume@local49training.org. Heavy equipment simulator instructor: View…

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Local 49 business manager condemns failure of House DFL to reach deal on infrastructure

Jason George, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, released the following statement Wednesday, May 25, in response to the Minnesota Legislature’s failure to complete its…

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Local 49 announces 2022 scholarship winners

Local 49 received 47 completed scholarship applications this year from a diverse and competitive group of individuals. Ten grants were awarded for $2,500 each, up from $1,000 in previous years….

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Smallman wins Top Women in Construction Award

Connie Smallman, a Local 49 member and operating engineer with Kraus-Anderson, won the Outstanding Craftswoman category in Finance & Commerce’s 2022 Top Women in Construction Awards last week. Read more…

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Longtime member’s legacy lives on through donation to Training Center

A longtime member and business agent’s commitment to Local 49 is having a ripple effect beyond his lifetime. When Jack Guy, of Gilbert, Minnesota, died just before his 90th birthday…

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Local 49 member named finalist for Top Women in Construction Awards

UPDATE: Connie Smallman was named the winner in the Outstanding Craftswoman category.­ As a young girl, Connie Smallman learned to use power tools and, with her dad’s help, built her…

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Congressman Stauber supports stronger prevailing wage regulations

Local 49 thanks Minnesota Congressman Pete Stauber for backing much-needed updates to the Davis-Bacon Act regulations that will directly benefit operating engineers. Approved in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act requires contractors…

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Nominations due May 18 for 2022 Women Building Success Awards

Local 49 is proud to represent some of the most talented, skilled and hard-working women in our industry. You can help them get the recognition they deserve by nominating someone…

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Students get hands-on experience with heavy equipment at Ziegler Cat in Shakopee

More than 40 high school students from across the state of Minnesota took the controls of a tractor loader backhoe at Ziegler Cat in Shakopee Saturday, April 30, and had…

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Members accept MN Builders Agreement

The Minnesota Builders Agreement was overwhelmingly accepted by Local 49 members in a vote Saturday, April 30. The updated wage rates will be posted here on Monday morning, May 2.

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Fallen 49ers remembered on Workers Memorial Day at Minnesota Capitol

Four members of Local 49 who died on the job last year were honored during a Workers Memorial Day ceremony outside the Minnesota State Capitol today: Gerald Peterson died Jan….

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MN Senate passes bill to dedicate auto parts sales tax to roads and bridges

With members of Local 49 advocating at the Capitol, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill Thursday, April 28, to dedicate 100% of the sales tax paid on auto parts to…

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Vote on MN Builders Agreement April 30

Local 49 and the AGC have reached a tentative agreement for the new Minnesota Builders Contract effective May 1, 2022. A ratification vote is scheduled for Saturday, April 30. Members…

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Local 49 offices closed Friday, April 15

Due to an obligation to our OPEIU Local 12 office personnel, the IUOE Local 49 offices will be closed Friday, April 15, in observance of Good Friday. Business agents will…

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BILL DEDICATING AUTO PARTS SALES TAX TO ROADS AND BRIDGES PASSES COMMITTEE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

A bill dedicating 100% of the sales tax paid on auto parts to road and bridge projects is headed to the Senate floor with the support of IUOE Local 49….

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Local 49 responds to gas tax holiday proposal.

Local 49 Responds to Gas Tax Holiday Proposal   There is no question that gas prices are out of control and there is a need to do something to address…

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Women in Construction Week

Governor Walz has declared March 6-12th Women in Construction Week in Minnesota. The Local 49 Women’s Committee put together a video celebrating their group and their volunteer efforts. We have…

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Local 49 Business Manager Jason George, advocates for increased funding to road and bridge programs.

Local 49 Business Manager Jason George, along with our partners in the industry, spent yesterday advocating for increased funding to road and bridge programs. The bill considered would dedicate 100%…

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Proposal Meeting – Minnesota Builders Master Agreement

Local 49 Members, The Minnesota Builders Master Agreement expires on April 30, 2022. Local 49 will be hosting proposal meetings in Minnesota to hear from members about what issues are important…

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Local 49 Business Manager Jason George Issues Statement regarding the Court of Appeals ruling on Polymet permit

Jason George, Business Manager for the International Union for Operating Engineers Local 49, issued the following statement regarding the Court of Appeals ruling on Polymet permit: “We applaud the judge’s…

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Local 49 Business Manager Jason George Speaks on Governor’s 2022 Local Jobs and Projects Plan

Jason George, Business Manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, released the following statement. “We are excited to see Governor Walz put forward a bonding proposal that…

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Local 49 Business Manager Jason George Speaks at House Committee on Natural Resources

Congressman Pete Stauber invited Local 49 Business Manager Jason George to speak in front of the Committee on Natural Resources Republicans and the Western Caucus today about the importance of…

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Mask Requirement for Minneapolis Hall

Following the changes to the city of Minneapolis’s mask requirement last week, Local 49 is required to adjust the mask requirement policy as follows: Masks will be required to be…

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Tonight’s West Fargo Union Meeting is Cancelled

Due to inclement weather, tonight’s West Fargo union meeting will be cancelled. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 3.

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