Glen Johnson says Local 49 is pleased Vikings stadium deal reached.

Improving the regional business climate fosters shared economic prosperity.

Minnesotans will benefit quickly from the work on this Vikings stadium project just as they would by working everything from highways and light rail transit projects to civic centers and educational facilities as proposed by Governor Dayton’s bonding proposal. Productive labor by workers in Minnesota will not only get money circulating – stimulating demand, growth and more hiring within our communities – but also set the stage for the future while helping the state budget by increasing near-term revenue without raising taxes, just by putting more Minnesotans to work.

Keeping the team here in Minnesota is a win for the players and the local economy. Thousands are employed working in the stadium, and we’re not only keeping their jobs in the midwest, this construction will ensure that between 5,000-10,000 construction trades workers will have work, too.

The Governor’s leadership on the NFL Vikings stadium negotiation, like his bonding proposal, sends a message to business leaders that Minnesota is renewing its commitment to excellence via infrastructure and workforce investments to foster a healthy business climate.

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1 March 2012

Minneapolis, MN – Local 49 of the International Union of Operating Engineers is pleased the Minnesota Vikings have reached a deal with Governor Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor Rybak to keep the team in the state. Local 49’s Business Manager, Glen Johnson, said, “The Vikings stadium project will have a positive impact on the region both long-term and short term. Investing in the improvements puts Minnesotans to work and gets money circulating – stimulating demand, growth in a virtuous cycle of shared economic prosperity.”

The Governor’s determined pursuit of a solution ensures the team remains an iconic symbol of the state Minnesota. This deal sends a message to the team and the rest of the country that Minnesota’s elected officials remain committed to forward-looking investments aimed at preserving and improving the regional business climate.


Jason George, Local 49 Political Affairs,
Tom Hayes, Local 49 Communications,

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IUOE Local 49 was formed in 1927. Today we are more than 13,000 men and women in Minnesota, North and South Dakota with contracts for highway/heavy and building contractors, well drillers, equipment repair shops, welding shops, sand and gravel suppliers, counties, municipalities, hospitals, school districts, cemeteries, and more.

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