On July 14, a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between TransCanada and the senior representatives of four major unions and the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) representing Canadian pipeline workers for jobs on the Energy East Pipeline project.
The signing ensures that thousands of the pipeline jobs required to build to the project will be awarded to members of the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) and the four major union partners, including: the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), Labourers International Union of North America (LiUNA), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and Teamsters Canada.
“This MOU signing is very significant for TransCanada,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada President and CEO. “We are committed to hiring the best workers this country has to offer for the over 14,000 jobs Energy East will create annually across Canada during the nine years it will take to develop and build the pipeline. And above all, we are committed to ensuring Energy East is built safely.”
Major unions recognize benefits of Energy East
TransCanada has a long history of working closely with the building trades unions across Canada –from the UA and LiUNA to the IUOE. The signing of the MOU demonstrates TransCanada’s continued commitment to employing Canadian contractors, workers and skilled trades. It is evidence of what 14,000+ Energy East jobs truly mean to Canadians.
These highly trained men and women are committed to building a state-of-the-art pipeline to safely transport crude oil across Canada. The MOU demonstrates support from these five major Canadian unions for the Energy East Pipeline project, not only because it provides thousands of steady jobs, but they acknowledge the many long-term benefits to all Canadians.
“This country’s vast pipeline network has improved Canadians’ quality of life for generations, and those pipelines were proudly put in the ground by the organizations that are together here today,” said Lyall Nash, Chair of CPAC. “The opportunity to work on the country’s largest pipeline project builds on that solid foundation to ensure that quality of life continues for generations into the future and the project will be built to the highest safety standards.”
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To read TransCanada’s press release, click here.