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Laborers union applauds Dakota Access pipeline ruling

North Dakota oil production, pumpjack

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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U.S. refinery deal hits roadblocks at 8 striking plants

HOUSTON – A tentative national agreement to end a six-week strike at twelve U.S. refineries has struggled to win ratification at eight plants as workers and companies struggle to settle local issues, according to union officials. The deal reached on Thursday by the United Steelworkers (USW) and lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc to end the biggest walkout of ...

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Strikers picket outside 2 Louisiana oil refineries

NEW ORLEANS — Union workers have been picketing outside two southeast Louisiana oil refineries as part of a national strike by the United Steelworkers union. The strike began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that strikers marched Sunday outside the Motiva plants in Norco and Convent. A half-dozen steelworkers carrying picket signs stood at the entrance to the plant in ...

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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

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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