On the first Monday of September every year we hold a 24-hour tribute dedicated to American workers and the contributions they have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our nation.
Labor Day is a reminder of the hardworking Americans who stood together for better conditions and progress. The American work ethic has been passed down throughout history, and the pride of a job well done has kept the workforce prospering for more than 100 years.
Energy’s impact on jobs
American workers are imperative to producing and delivering energy to meet the needs of American families and businesses. Infrastructure projects like pipelines support jobs and economic growth and provide good-wage jobs for members of skilled labor organizations across the country. In fact, the U.S. natural gas and oil industry supporting 10.3 million U.S. jobs to date.
It takes a multi-industry network, which creates even more jobs indirectly — 2.7 jobs for every direct job in the industry, to be exact. According to a report from consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers, these jobs have added $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy and introduced more than $714 billion, or 6.7 percent, of total labor income.
Skilled labor from organizations such as the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Teamsters, Pipeliners, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and others are essential to the safe and efficient construction of new energy infrastructure.
American labor leaders see the build-out of new energy infrastructure, like the Atlantic Sunrise expansion project, as a way of continuing this tradition.
“As well-trained professionals who have worked on many projects, including pipelines, I want to clarify one thing: We too care deeply about the environment,” said Dave Horn, LECET representative, Mid-Atlantic LiUNA.
“We enjoy the outdoors and the beauty that’s around us. We also care about safely providing energy today and in the future and believe the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline can do just that. Growth in the energy industry can create steady, reliable careers for millions of men and women in our country and in this community. More specifically, pipeline work is a lifeline for good union jobs with family-supporting pay resulting in millions of dollars being reinvested back into the community and local businesses. We work on these projects; we have seen firsthand the economic benefits.”