Members of Local 49

To become a member of Local 49, you must complete application and pay the initiation fee. Applications will be reviewed at the next Executive Board Meeting, which take place every 3rd Wednesday of the month. If approved, you will receive a union membership card in the mail that should be carried on you when working. Your membership card will have a unique registration number that you will use to identify yourself to the Union when making payments, updating personal information, and work status.  Your membership card should be kept on you whenever you are working. When you complete the application to become a new member, your business agent will give you a New Member Packet which includes health & welfare, pension, and training information as well as general information about being a member of Local 49.

Note:  New members may not have a registration number assigned yet when their initial membership card is mailed out. If you need your registration number before you make your next dues payment, please contact your nearest Local 49 Hall or your Business Agent for assistance).

Insurance

The Operating Engineers Local 49 Health Plan  is a self-insured plan. This means that all benefits are paid using member and employer contributions. To be eligible for benefits, you are required to work 300 hours within a six-month period. Once you have reached 300 hours, there will be a month waiting period before you and your dependents will be eligible for your health insurance benefits. Contact Wilson-McShane at 800-535-6373 for eligibility questions.

Example: If you reach 300 hours on April 14th, your insurance will start on June 1st. Contact Wilson McShane to verify start date of insurance.

For more information visit: www.health49.org

Central Pension Fund

The Central Pension Plan (CPF) is the second largest multi-employer defined benefit pension fund in the U.S. Each year the CPF receives contributions from 6,200 employers throughout the United States IUOE Local 49 negotiates pension contributions on your behalf. Only signatory employers can contribute to the pension plan on your behalf.

For more information visit: www.cpfiuoe.org

Dues

Membership dues can be paid monthly, quarterly or annually. Local 49 accepts cash, money orders, personal checks and credit/debit cards. If you would like to set up a reoccurring dues payment, please visit or contact your Local 49 Hall. (Credit/debit card payments are subject to an additional $2.00 processing fee).

It’s your responsibility to pay your dues on time. Late payments may result in additional reinstatement fees, suspension or loss of employment.

To determine when your next payment is due, you can look at your membership card (as shown below) or contact your Local 49 Hall.

Some agreements include administrative/working dues which are a percentage of your gross wages and are only paid when you are working.

Local 49 By-Laws

Click here to view the Local 49 By-Laws.

Out of Work List

If you become unemployed, notify any Local 49 Union Hall to be placed on the “out of work” list right away. Click here to be taken to the online Out of Work list. Your information will be sent directly to the Local 49 Dispatcher.

To remain on the list, you must call or re-register online every 30 days to maintain your employable status. Additionally, registering on the list will also satisfy Unemployment Insurance’s requirements that you are seeking employment if you are applying for this benefit. When registering, members should also notify staff if they have completed any new training courses, acquired new equipment skills or if they have changed addresses or phone numbers.

The same process applies when you return to work. Call any of the Local 49 Halls to be removed from the list.  If you contact any of the Local 49 halls and leave a voice message, be sure to include your first and last name, union registration I.D., and phone number in case of questions.

Local 49 Union Halls

Bagley, MN-Pipeline    (218) 694-6206
Duluth, MN                      (218) 724-3840
Mankato, MN                  (507) 625-3670
Minneapolis, MN           (612) 788-9441
Rochester, MN                (507) 535-5869
St. Cloud, MN                  (320) 252-2162
Virginia, MN                     (218) 741-8190
Mandan, ND                    (701) 663-0407
West Fargo, ND              (701) 297-4663
Sioux Falls, SD                (605) 336-1952

Clearing In

When working in a jurisdiction other than Local 49 (outside of MN, ND, or SD), you (not the employer) must call the Local in that area to clear in. This must be done prior to beginning work.

Working outside of Local 49’s jurisdiction and need your Health and Pension hours sent back to Local 49?

If you are working in an area other than Local 49’s jurisdiction and need to have your contributions transferred back, you need to complete a Request and Authorization for Transfer of Contributions form with a business agent from the area you are working in, also known as a reciprocity form. Below are steps on how to get your contributions sent to the appropriate Fund.

If you’re transferring Pipeline hours worked:
  1. Please call the Pipeline Health & Welfare Fund, Zenith American Solutions at (888) 255-3863.
  2. For Pension transfers and information please contact the Central Pension Fund office at 202-362-1000 ext. 521 or online at www.cpfiuoe.org.
  3. Request a transfer form to be mailed to your current residence and make sure they have the correct address.
  4. This will ensure that your hours get transferred back to your home local.
  5. Call the office you submitted the forms to ensure they received the transfer request.
  6. Call the benefit office that will be receiving the contributions 30 days after filling out the forms to ensure that the hours have been received.
Make sure to document all hours worked to ensure that the correct amount of hours have been appropriately transferred. 

 

If you’re a member of Local 49 who is working outside of Local 49’s jurisdiction:
  1. Contact the Local whose jurisdiction you’re working in to confirm you are cleared in to work in their area.
  2. For Health plan contributions transferring back to Local 49’s health plan, request the Reciprocity forms from the Local you’re in to have them sent back to your home local.
  3. For Pension transfers and information please contact the Central Pension Fund office at 202-362-1000 ext. 521 or online at www.cpfiuoe.org.
  4. Request a Transfer of Contributions Form to be mailed to your current address.
  5. This will ensure that your hours get transferred back to your home local.
  6. Call 30 days after filling out the forms to ensure that the hours have been received.
Make sure to document all hours worked to ensure that the correct amount of hours have been appropriately transferred. 

 

Withdrawal

To obtain a withdrawal card, you must go through a simple process to formally deactivate from the Union. You will need to request a withdrawal card ($5.00 fee), and be current on your dues to the date of your withdrawal request. In order to obtain a withdrawal card and status, you must write a request to the Main Hall in Minneapolis.

If you are out on withdrawal for less than 13 months, you will be required to pay:

  • $10 fee to reinstate your card
  • pay back any dues owed

If you are out on withdrawal for more than 13 months, you will be required to pay:

  • $10 for every year you were out
  • $10 to reinstate your card
  • 3 months of dues in advance

It is in your best interest to apply for a withdrawal card. If you DO NOT take the card and stop paying membership dues, the cost of reinstatement into the union will cost you:

  • The equivalent of your dues for each month, starting with the first month not in good standing to the present
  • 3 months’ dues in advance
  • $10 reinstatement fee

Local Death Benefit

Members who maintain active good standing within the union will have a death benefit based on consecutive years of service.

Beneficiaries

If you get married, divorced, or simply wish to change your beneficiary, please notify the following entities:

Operating Engineers Local 49 Health & Welfare Fund:

To request a form by phone, call Wilson McShane at (800) 535-6373 or visit www.health49.org to request a form online.

The Central Pension Fund:

Change of beneficiary forms are available online at  www.cpfiuoe.org. Forms can also be requested by phone by calling the Central Pension Fund at (202) 362-1000.

Local 49 Death Benefit Beneficiary:

Contact your Local 49 Hall (866) 788-9441 or your Business Agent for assistance.

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