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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