OTTAWA, July 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Northern Gateway pipeline will do more
harm than good to the economy, according to Canada's largest union in
the private sector. Arguing that the National Energy Board presented a
deeply flawed report to federal cabinet, Unifor will join multiple
First Nations and environmental organizations using legal grounds to
stop the unpopular pipeline from being built.
"The Northern Gateway pipeline brings sky-high risks to Canadians but
only foreign oil companies will benefit," said Jerry Dias, Unifor's
National President. "We will not stand by while Stephen Harper runs
roughshod over Canadian jobs, First Nations' rights, and environmental
The Northern Gateway pipeline (and pending Kinder Morgan and Keystone XL
projects) will ship unrefined bitumen to foreign markets. But according
to the Alberta Federation of Labour, only 228 permanent jobs will be
created from the pipeline.
"Canadian natural resources should create long-term Canadian jobs and
meet Canadians' energy needs," said Dias. "Unifor stands united with
the groups demanding that the federal government stop reckless pipeline
projects and invest in greener jobs that can support families."
130 First Nations, most BC municipalities, and at least half of British
Columbians oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal.
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:
please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org