The Leader Board
May 07 2012
American Labor Unions Argue That 'The Keystone XL Project Begins And Ends With One Word: JOBS,' Say It 'Will Put Thousands Back To Work'
Trumka: 'We're All Unanimous'
"AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is backing construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in comments that downplay divisions…" ("Trumka: Labor Wants Keystone Pipeline, Environmental Issues Can Be Resolved," The Hill, 5/6/12)
- Q: "Would you like to see President Obama push through the Keystone pipeline, oil pipeline? There's been some division about that; he earlier opposed it because of environmental reasons… It would create jobs. Where do you stand on it?" RICHARD TRUMKA, AFL-CIO President: "…I think we're all unanimous by saying we should build the pipeline..." (CSPAN's "Newsmakers," 5/4/12)
Union Support: 'Project Begins And Ends With One Word: JOBS'
JAMES P. HOFFA, TEAMSTERS: "The Keystone Pipeline project will offer working men and women a real chance to earn a good wage and support their families in this difficult economic climate." (TransCanada, "U.S. Pipeline Contractors Association And Unions Pledge Their Support For Keystone XL Project," 9/14/10)
AFL-CIO: "…it is America's workers who are clamoring for the expedited approval of this important project. As President Obama has rightfully declared when it comes to the creation of jobs, 'WE CAN'T WAIT.'" (Mark H. Ayers, President, Building And Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, "For The 99% Of Americans, Keystone = JOBS," Huffington Post, 11/3/11)
AFL-CIO: "For America's skilled craft construction professionals, any discussion of the Keystone XL project begins and ends with one word: JOBS… Throughout America's Heartland, the Keystone Pipeline represents the prospect for 20,000 immediate jobs, and as many as 500,000 indirect jobs via a strong economic multiplier effect… without one single dollar of government assistance." (Mark H. Ayers, President, Building And Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, "For The 99% Of Americans, Keystone = JOBS," Huffington Post, 11/3/11)
- AFL-CIO: "Enactment of S.1932 will mean a significant portion of the projected 20,000 direct jobs and the 118,000 spin-off jobs will be created immediately." (AFL-CIO Building And Construction Trades Department President Mark Ayers, Letter To Sen. Lugar, 12/6/11)
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS: "At a time when jobs are the top global priority, the Keystone project will put thousands back to work and have ripple benefits throughout the North American economy." (International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers, "TransCanada Pipeline PLA Could Mean Construction Boon," 10/20/11)
BRENT BOOKER, LABORERS' INTERNATIONAL: "We need the jobs now. We need them as soon as we can get them." (Brent Booker, CNBC, 12/14/11)
- LABORERS' INTERNATIONAL: "…not just a pipeline, but is a lifeline for thousands of desperate working men and women." ("Unions Furious At Obama For Killing Pipeline Jobs," Fox News, 11/10/11)
UNITED ASSOCIATION: "'The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Sprinklerfitters (UA) is proud to be a part of this collaboration and looks forward to adding thousands of well-paying construction jobs to this country,' said UA General President William P. Hite." ("$7 Billion Keystone XL Labor Agreement Announced," Pipeline & Gas Journal, 9/10)
DAVID BARNETT, UNITED ASSOCIATION OF PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS: "We are experiencing 20-25% unemployment in the pipeline sector right now and our welders and pipe fitters are waiting on this project… Quite frankly, the American people are tired of Washington D.C. politics going on, and their jobs are waiting in line for these decisions. Let's get the politics out of it. Let's give TransCanada a go ahead." (David Barnett, CNBC, 12/14/11)
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS: "An ambitious project of this scope, spanning over five states and employing thousands of American construction workers, will unequivocally help remedy the struggles of our country's working families" (TransCanada, "U.S. Pipeline Contractors Association And Unions Pledge Their Support For Keystone XL Project," 9/14/10)
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