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Canadian Commitment: TransCanada Will Hire Union Building Trades for Energy East Pipeline

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TransCanada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) for work on the Energy East Pipeline Project. Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) celebrated the MOU, which marks TransCanada’s commitment to hiring union. The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the Labourers International Union of North America (LiUNA), and Teamsters Canada are among the included unions:

The organizations came together to reinforce the fact that the work needed to construct the privately financed, $15.7 billion crude oil pipeline means thousands of quality jobs for their members.

It also further ensures the pipeline will be built to the highest safety standards. Additional unions across the country will also be engaged to complete this work.

In a press release, CBTU acknowledges that the MOU hinges on final approval of the Energy East project, but their many members are optimistic:

CBTU notes that the Energy East project still has additional reviews to undergo before final approval. It is our hope that those reviews commence quickly and be completed expeditiously, albeit with care, in order to get our members to work.

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.

“Our membership, half a million strong across the country, is looking forward to this project,” says CBTU Canadian Director Robert Blakely. “This MOU demonstrates a commitment to the men and women who build Canada.”


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