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Mark Doble – Local 49 Union Operator

Mark Doble – Local 49 Union Operator

Mark Doble is a two-year member of Local 49 who has made a difference in his local community and nationwide. As a volunteer for the Red Cross for the past 11 years Doble has been deployed to 22 different disasters. Doble has worked for the Metropolitan Council (MET Council) as a wastewater treatment operator at…
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When the McKeig family lost it all, an entire union was there.

When the McKeig family lost it all, an entire union was there.

Anne McKeig was born and raised up in Federal Dam by a union man who instilled the importance of hard work and respect – two values that Anne has carried through her life and continues to pass down to her children every day. The daughter of a heavy equipment operator, she began developing her work…
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Standards matter—which is why builders love union-trained bricklayers like the Matts

Standards matter—which is why builders love union-trained bricklayers like the Matts

  “It takes a lot of great people and dedication to pull something like this off. We really need to start off by thanking our Minnesota Building Trades Council and our local unions.” That’s what Dave Mansell, the man from Mortenson Construction who oversaw construction of U.S. Bank Stadium had to say during a ribbon-cutting…
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Kat Ertter – Operating Engineers 49

Kat Ertter – Operating Engineers 49

I never thought I would land in a career that has me operating large equipment like excavators and dozers, especially since I started my professional life in California as a social worker. Fast forward to my current life: I live in Farmington, Minn., I am a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local…
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