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Union leaders seek to mend divisions over pipeline

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  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    March 10, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    President Obama could offer more legitimate long-term economic reasons for delaying the XL-oil pipeline rather than environmental ones he has mentioned. But for whatever personal reason, he has avoided discussing them in public or maybe he personally does support the pipeline. The southern portion of the pipeline in the United States continues to be developed. However, President Obama would be well advised to address the needs those thousands of union workers impacted in the short run by the pipelineƂs delay or termination (next year after the election if re-elected if that is really the reason behind the announced delay of the pipeline). Jobs are important to the American low and middle income classes while balancing the long term environmental and diverse energy needs of this Country. The Obama Administration would be well advised to make some appearance in a news conference before these impacted union members announcing a short-term federal program to provide temporary construction work (needed in their home states such building/repairing roads, bridges, public buildings) at union wages to maintain or add those union workers to the employment rolls.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 11, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    A house divided cannot stand. I certainly hope so.

    Seeing labor divided over this issue just makes me laugh. And I'm not necessarily anti-union, I do have some sympathies though they are waning, but I am 100% anti-Obama, especially on this issue.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    March 11, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    "Trade unions representing workers who stand to benefit from thousands of new construction jobs from the Keystone XL pipeline are furious at other unions that joined environmentalists in opposing the project."

    There's nothing like watching an animal attack its own tail and try to eat itself. Ultimately, unions and their workers are just pawns in a bigger game anyway.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 12, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    So basically, the unions that have been paid off by the Obama administration are happy with him, and the ones that have been betrayed by him are still going to push for Obama because they like his brand of socialism.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    March 12, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    It is obvious the union bosses are more concerned with their political agenda than protecting the workers they are supposed to represent.