January 30, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North America’s Building Trades Unions Welcome TransCanada Refiling for Keystone XL Approval
WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement was released today in response to the filing by TransCanada for a Presidential Permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline
"On behalf of the tens of thousands of skilled craftworkers poised to earn billions of dollars constructing the Keystone XL pipeline, North Amxerica’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) are thrilled to support TransCanada’s application for a Presidential permit.
"Nearly 10 years ago, NABTU was similarly excited about the prospects of building the world’s safest pipeline. Today, on the heels of a meeting with President Trump and his issuance of the memorandum to the Department of State, we are not only excited, but invigorated and optimistic, over the construction of this critical piece of energy infrastructure.
“It is refreshing that projects serving the national interest are now gaining Presidential support and expedited timelines to reach a permitting decision. And because TransCanada has entered into a project labor agreement (PLA) for the construction of this pipeline, the public can rest assured that it will be done in the safest and most environmentally stringent manner possible.
“Further, we are delighted that the men and women who make their livelihoods in the construction industry will no longer suffer the indignity of having their chosen careers demeaned as nothing more than ‘temporary jobs’ by out-of-touch politicians.”
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ABOUT NORTH AMERICA'S BUILDING TRADES UNIONS
North America's Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 national and international unions in the building and construction industry that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. Each year, our unions and our signatory contractor partners invest over $1 billion in private sector money to fund and operate over 1,900 apprenticeship training and education facilities across North America that produce the safest, most highly trained and productive skilled craft workers found anywhere in the world.