July 17, 2016
By Neal Tepel
Ottawa, CA – Negotiations by Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU) has landed the TransCanada's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
The project will now be all union involving four Union Partners of PLCAC: The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Labourers International Union of North America (LiUNA) and Teamsters Canada.
Canadian CBTU Director Robert Blakely said: "Our membership, half a million strong across the country, is looking forward to this project. This MOU demonstrates a commitment to the men and women who build Canada. The Energy East Project will be an important employer once this project is approved. The jobs in the extraction and upgrading facilities in the West and in the refineries and other facilities in the East are long term, high skilled well-paying jobs for large numbers of Canadians."
This MOU signing is very significant for TransCanada and the unionized workforce. With TransCanada committed to hiring the most qualified workers in Canada, union workers will be provided over 14,000 jobs in the fast growing energy field.
"Pipeline construction work requires a large number of highly skilled workers, which in turn creates high paying jobs for Canadians," said Joe Mancinelli, International Vice-president of LiUNA. "This MOU to work on Energy East provides our members with an opportunity to contribute to a monumental project for this country."
*** Canada's Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 building and construction unions that represent a membership of more than 500,000 skilled tradespeople across Canada.