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Laborers union applauds Dakota Access pipeline ruling

Dakota Access, pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s congressional delegation and a laborers union are applauding a federal appeals court ruling allowing construction to continue on a small stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. The ruling Sunday clears the way for pipeline work to resume within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The pipeline is otherwise nearly complete. The ...

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United Mine Workers expects 5,000 at Pennsylvania rally

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — The United Mine Workers of America say they expect 5,000 people to rally and march in southwestern Pennsylvania to safeguard pensions and health benefits. The union is concerned because environmental regulations on coal-burning plants have combined with abundant supplies of natural gas to drive down demand for coal at power plants. Earlier this week, Virginia-based Alpha ...

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Brazil oil strike cuts output 25 percent, union says

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO – A strike that began on Sunday at Brazil’s state-run oil producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA has slowed daily oil output by around 25 percent, the country’s largest union FUP said on Tuesday. FUP’s general coordinator José Maria Rangel said in a video published online that in the first 24 hours since the union’s members joined the ...

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Union says Pennsylvania health department has mold, asbestos

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A union and workers are complaining about unhealthy working conditions at an unlikely place: the offices of a Pennsylvania county health department. WPXI-TV reports that the Service Employees International Union Local 668 says the Allegheny County Health Department facilities in Pittsburgh have problems with mold and asbestos. The health department has issued a statement saying it’s “working ...

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The right-to-work debate begins

SANTA FE — With New Mexico lawmakers poised to take up politically charged right-to-work legislation in a 60-day session that begins Tuesday, debate is already in full swing over what the change in labor laws would mean to New Mexico’s sluggish economy. While juries are still out in some states that have adopted right-to-work laws, many business leaders and business-friendly ...

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Ohio union to train welders for Utica shale work


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An Ohio union has received a $150,000 grant to help train new workers in the Utica shale. UA Local Union No. 396 received the money from the Ohio Appalachian Development Grant program, according to Columbus Business First. It will be used to train aspiring apprentices and displaced welders to construct and maintain pipelines that ...

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Lebanon County, Pa. public looks to local laws to oppose pipeline


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Residents of Lebanon County in Pennsylvania are hoping to enact local ordinances to alter the construction of a pipeline planned for the area, reports PennLive. Williams Partners, LP seeks to build the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline through the county as part of a larger effort to connect Marcellus shale gas producing wells to its existing Transco ...

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Fracking Draws Support From Unions As Jobs Flourish, Worrying Environmentalists

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By  Kevin Begos PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit ...

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Williston paramedics unionize; city upset by move


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Nearly all of the full-time paramedics in Williston have formed a union, a move that city officials are not welcoming. Thirteen of the city’s 15 full-time paramedics have formed a local chapter with the International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents nearly 300,000 firefighters and first responders in the United States and Canada, but at least ...

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