IUOE Local 49 is providing this statement to address serious concerns raised by many of our members about a possible data breach. Many members of Local 49 have complained to the Union about receiving a text message on July 8, 2021 from an unknown number supposedly about a Local 49 matter with a link to a campaign website. Members have expressed the concern that Local 49’s database may have been hacked because they did not give their contact information to the individual on whose behalf the text message evidently was sent. Our Information Technology professional has conducted a review of our computer system and confirmed that there was no data breach. In addition, you can be assured that the Union has not provided your personal contact information to any candidate for Union office. The Union will take any necessary and appropriate steps, including further investigation, to make sure that its membership lists are secure and are used only for legitimate Union business purposes.