Local 49 Members,
We have come up with a plan for union meetings in February that we believe keeps us in compliance with the current law on gatherings.
In February, most union meetings will go on as scheduled. We believe we have a big enough space for the anticipated attendance at most meetings to do them safely and follow the law. Masks and social distancing will be required.
The Bagley and Grand Rapids meetings are being called off for February. We do not have a venue large enough to host the expected crowds safely. There are hundreds of pipeliners in those areas, and we do not want to risk a large gathering spreading the virus and causing members to lose work opportunities. Instead of an in-person meeting – we will be hosting an online meeting focused on pipeline information on February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Members will receive information on pipeline issues and also be able to ask questions. If you cannot attend a union meeting, we will continue to post Business Manager updates in the members-only section of the website so members can stay informed.
We will send more information about how to access the pipeline meeting in the next week or so as we are finalizing those details.
None of this is easy. We are doing the best we can to navigate this fluid situation. We look forward to the meetings in February.