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Ohio unions rally against outsiders doing pipeline construction

By Bob Downing Published: February 14, 2013

Based on a press release:

Four building trades associated with pipeline construction will be holding a job action in Ohio's Carroll County early today where Will Bros Inc., a company from over 1,300 miles away in Houston, TX is performing work for UEO Buckeye and Access Midstream.

Their goal is to bring awareness to the fact that the pipeline project is ignoring the local workforce pool as well as area contractors to construct their pipeline network. They want to get the conversation started on unfulfilled local job creation promises the energy industry made when coming to Ohio.

 Over fifty local construction workers with the pipeline trades – the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), United Association Pipeliners Local 798, Teamster Local 92, and the International Union of Operating Engineers – will be teaming up at a WillBros Group Inc. project site just outside of Mechanicstown. This job site is part of the 36 mile 24-inch pipeline network that will serve as a main line to gather gas and oil from area wells and transfer them to gas processing plants being constructed. WillBros has a questionable safety record with an extensive history of OSHA violations and five employee deaths in the past five years. (see attached case study)

 

WHAT: Community Jobs Rally / at a WillBros Inc. pipeline project to raise awareness of local projects going to out-of-state contractors employing people from thousands of miles away

 

WHEN: 8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m., Thursday, February 14

 

WHERE: 8180 Salineville Road NE (State Route 39)

Salineville, OH 43945

 

WHO: Clint Powell, Business Manager LIUNA Local 809

Terry Langley, Organizer Pipeliners Local 798

Doyle Baird, Business Manager Teamster Local 92

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