Canadian Building Trades pleased by the TransCanada Corporation announcement
of the Energy-East Project
OTTAWA, Aug. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Building Trades is very pleased by
the TransCanada Corporation announcement of the Energy-East Project; Director
of Canadian Affairs Robert Blakely said "This is the sort of job that proves
that a pipeline is a conduit that connects high paying jobs in one region of
Canada to high paying, long term and sustainable jobs in other Canadian
Regions. At the same time as providing this job bonanza it changes the game
for refiners in Central and Atlantic Canada in removing their dependence on
foreign crude oil."
The effects of this announcement are very far reaching and extend far beyond
the initial pipeline construction phase, Roy Finley, Director of Construction
for Teamsters Canada was quoted as saying "As an Albertan I'm very glad that
Western Canada gets another major market for our crude and as a Canadian I see
the benefits of Canadian resources being made available to all Canadians."
The work will require a large of number of our members from Alberta into New
Brunswick in the initial construction phase and more to build and maintain the
facilities on either end of the line. Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of
the Ontario Building Trades added his Council's support for the Energy-East
Project for a number of reasons: "(1) in our view, it's the safest way to
transport crude oil as it relates to the environment; (2) it will provide
opportunities to train and employ trades people including Aboriginals, women,
youth and new Canadians; and (3) we, in the Building Trades in Ontario see
this as nation-building which is good for all Canadians." Gary Ritchie of the
New Brunswick Building Trades speaking in Saint John, NB said, "This means my
members won't have to go West whenever they need a job, we will increase the
job base here in Atlantic Canada and see more investment here. We need those
jobs as well as the new and exciting prospects for young New Brunswickers who
haven't had all that much to look forward to until now, this is the key to
training a large number of people for real and lasting skilled jobs"
Blakely concluded, "This is the best news we've had in long time and it
impacts almost the entire spectrum of Canadian construction workers. We
intend to support TransCanada and Energy East every step of the way!!"
The North America-wide BCTD AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labour - Congress
of Industrial Organizations) coordinates activities and provides resources to
15 affiliated trade unions in the construction, maintenance and fabrication
industries. In Canada, the BCTD represents 500,000 skilled trades workers.
SOURCE Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Robert Blakely Director of Canadian Affairs Office: (613) 236-0653 Lindsay
Amundsen Workforce Development Coordinator Office: (613)-236-0653 Donald
Fortin Directeur Général, Québec BCTC Bureau: (514) 723-6555 Patrick
Dillon Business Manager, Ontario BCTC Office: (416) 679-8887
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