TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's largest union in the private
sector is throwing its weight behind a new motion from the NDP that
aims to create good jobs in the energy sector while respecting the
wishes of Canadians, the rights of First Nations and the protection of
"Stephen Harper's resource development strategy might as well have been
written by foreign oil companies," said Joie Warnock, Unifor's Western
Director. "The NDP's bill puts Canadians first. It has a long-term
vision that respects democracy and good jobs."
The NDP's bill, sponsored by Skeena—Bulkley Valley Member of Parliament
Nathan Cullen, will mandate the National Energy Board to consider the
impact of pipeline proposals on Canadian workers in the refining and
energy sector. The bill also bans crude oil tankers on the Northwest
Coast and requires the National Energy Board to be more accountable to
"Canadian natural resources should create long-term Canadian jobs and
meet Canadians' energy needs," said Warnock. "Unifor stands united with
the groups demanding that the federal government stop reckless pipeline
projects and invest in greener jobs that can support families and
Unifor opposes raw bitumen pipeline projects—including Enbridge's
Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan's southern expansion—because they do
not create long-term employment and the federal approval process has
largely ignored the public's concerns.
130 First Nations, most BC municipalities, and at least half of British
Columbians oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal. According to
the Alberta Federation of Labour, only 228 permanent jobs will be
created from the pipeline.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 305,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
For further information:
Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org