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Local 49 8th CD Endorsement Release

Local 49 8th CD Endorsement Release

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International Union of Operating Engineers
LOCAL NO. 49, 49A, 49B, 49C, 49D, AND 49EMINNESOTA • NORTH DAKOTA • SOUTH DAKOTA
LEELAND J. HILLER, President
GLEN D. JOHNSON
 JOSEPH L. RYAN, Vice President
BusinessManager/Financial Secretary
KYLE D. JONES, Recording-Corresponding SecretaryEUGENE R. PICKERIGN, Treasurer Affiliated with the A.F.L. C.I.O.
2829 Anthony Lane South, Minneapolis, MN 55418-3285Phone (612) 788-9441 Toll Free (866) 788-9441 Fax (612) 788-1936
For Immediate Release
 
Contact:
July 12, 2012 
 
Jason George612-741-9831jgeorge@local49.or 
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 AnnouncesEndorsement in MN 8
th
Congressional District
Earlier this week members of the International Union of Operating EngineersLocal 49 gathered in Duluth to screen candidates for Congress in Minnesota’s 8
th
Congressional District. This screening was open to all Local 49 members thatlived in the 8
th
District, and was widely advertised on our website and distributedvia email. Members in attendance represented all corners of the 8
th
District. After hearing from all 3 candidates running in the Democratic Primary, andCongressman Cravaack, we had what turned out to be a very difficultconversation about who we should stand with in this election. The conversationcentered around jobs, our union, and the ability of our members to earn a goodliving. These are the core issues that bind us together as a group, and wedecided that this should drive our endorsement.The members held a secret ballot vote the night of screening, and the strongmajority voted to endorse Congressman Chip Cravaack.Ultimately the membership decided we needed to take our partisan hats off, keeppolitical party affiliation out of it, and make an evidence based decision.When we took a look at Congressman Cravaack’s term in office, it became clear that he has done a good job of staying away from partisan Washington politics,and really focusing on bread and butter issues that are important to construction

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