Fallout On Obama's Killing Of Keystone Jobs Continues As "Repulsed" Laborers' Union Quits Alliance

The fallout over Barack Obama’s decision to kill 20,000 (mostly) union jobs on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project continues as the Laborers International Union of North America left the BlueGreen Alliance Friday afternoon.

Founded in 2006, the BlueGreen Alliance is a political pairing of left-wing unions and environmental groups whose mission (so to speak) is to ensure that America’s conversion to a green economy results in union jobs as jobs in industries like coal are destroyed.
Included among its stated goals are passage of cap and trade legislation, as well as the Employee Free Choice Act (aka card-check unionization).
According to the Laborers’ union press release announcing the union’s departure from the BlueGreen Alliance on Friday afternoon, at least Laborers’ president Terry O’Sullivan seems to be understanding the Devil’s pact union bosses have made by sacrificing their members’ jobs in exchange for an economically-unrealistic “green” economy:

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently said there was a divide in the labor movement over this project,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said. “That is an understatement. That divide is as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon. We’re repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women.” [Emphasis added.]

Specifically, O’Sullivan was referencing the CWA, SEIU, UAW, Transport Workers Union, United Steelworkers Union and Amalgamated Transit Union who had sold their souls (and union jobs) to the environmentalists and praised Obama’s decision to side with the green activists by killing the pipeline, as well as destroying the hopes of unemployed union members.

O’Sullivan said Keystone is only the beginning of what will likely be a protracted struggle over major projects to build and strengthen America’s energy infrastructure. “LIUNA plans to unite with the support of the strong and proud unions of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department to fight for good jobs that build America and strengthen our energy resources,” he said. “We will not stand idly by, nor will the Building Trades.”
[snip] “Their real target wasn’t the pipeline, but the oil sands. They missed that target – the oil sands will be developed whether Keystone XL is built or not – but hit tens of thousands of working men and women,” O’Sullivan said. “It is impossible for LIUNA to stand side-by-side with these groups. Construction workers are struggling with 16 percent unemployment and 1.3 million of them are jobless. The Keystone XL was not just a pipeline to them, it was a lifeline.” [Emphasis added.]

While another BlueGreen Alliance member, the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters, whose members would have also seen work on the Keystone pipeline project has curiously stayed silent so far, the IBEW issued its own release on its website, which stated:

While we are deeply disappointed with the U. S. State Department’s decision not to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline, we are more concerned that a vital project that would create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs, generate $585 million in state and local taxes plus another $5 billion in property taxes and strengthen North America’s energy independence, has been ensnared in the political deadlock in Washington.

On Wednesday, in addition to the Laborers’ scorching comdemnation of Obama’s decision, Mark Ayers, president of the AFL-CIO’s Building & Construction Trade Division (an umbrella group of 16 AFL-CIO construction trade unions) stated:

With a national unemployment rate in construction at 16% nationally, it is beyond disappointing that President Obama placed a higher priority on politics rather than our nation’s number one challenge: jobs.
Environmental activists who are not saddled with the economic and psychological scars that accompany long-term unemployment will applaud the fact that they successfully induced the White House to block this project. Meanwhile, thousands of proud Americans throughout the heartland will once again be faced with the terrifying prospect of losing their homes and their livelihoods as they struggle to find work.

As was noted in the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama’s plan replace jobs destroyed with his “green agenda” was faulty at best. In fact, the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign has already destroyed up to 1.24 million jobs in 36 states—with more surely to come.
For the sake of jobs (union and union-free), let us hope that more union bosses—and, if not them, their members—wake up from their delusion that Barack Obama is actually interested in creating jobs, as opposed to his agenda to “transform America.”
“Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and preserve democracy.” Samuel Gompers, American Federation of Labor, 1918

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  • How do you say…. ‘We told you so’??? But when you’re a hard-headed liberal, you always know what’s best. Thanks for supporting the job killing king!

  • Too bad there is no “Green” economy to convert to. Idiots. No one who hates his country and the people who populate it should be allowed to run it. Impeach the Obama administration. From top to bottom, get rid of them all.

  • It’s about time. Now when are you geniuses going to figure out illegal immigration has kept our wages low for 20 years and stop supporting the politicians who encourage it?

  • Here is an angle for the unions to consider:
    Per the (linked) EIA forecast crude imports will decline from 52% to 41% by 2035. The EIA forecast predicts that the difference will be made up from increased US Bio-fuels production rather than increased US or NA Petroleum production. They show crude production to be in a slow decline from 34% to at 32% through 2035 with crude prices forecast to reach $119.45 pb by 2035. http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/chapter_executive_summary.cfm#imports
    Question: Would Keystone and a focused program to increase the rate of lease and licensing approvals (which is in a “go slow” at the moment) with the objective of increasing US & NA crude production impact the EIA’s forecast of the emerging Bio-fuels market? The answer has to be “yes”.
    The next question: There are 99 Bio-tech companies listed by Wiki, of which 73 are shown to be US based. Question: who owns and is investing in them?
    A task for some investigative journalist not associated with the left leaning MSM might be to answer that question. Who are the investors in the US based Bio-fuels companies? Who are their lobbyists in WDC and are they encouraging Congress and its insider trading boondoggle and are they investing heavily in Biotech?
    Uummm, so that is how they get rich quick. One doubts that some in Congress or the administration want Keystone or increased US crude production. Let’s see Biofuels take-off and to hell with the jobs, the local economy or the workers looking for work.
    No conflict of interests there – right?
    For the record: The Dept. State issued their vision statement back in 2010 where Sec. Clinton advised that one of the US’s core objectives is to “Steer the world’s energy mix toward a more sustainable path.”
    Based on the EIA forecast investments in Bio-fuels appear high on the Administration’s market manipulation agenda item rather than increased US and NA crude production.
    So Mr. Union (s) what are you going to do about it? Keep on kowtowing to the high and mighty or will you actually represent your membership for a change?

  • Boi-fuels don’t live up to their billing. It’s actually easy to show that it takes more energy to produce a liter of ethanol than you get from it: if you could get more energy out of it than it takes to produce it everyone would be doing it & everyone would have an endless supply of free energy. Not only that, but ethanol actually releases more CO2 per mile driven than gasoline. You can read all about it in an e-book titles Kids Before Trees, have a look at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/80505

  • This shows what happens when anyone in a leadership role fails to hold true to their own values and beliefs and instead tries to apease certain groups for the sole purpose of personal gain, which in this case is re-election. In the end no one will be happy with or trust such a leader.

  • I think this shows that the union bosses are in it for their own gain and the needs of their members are secondary. The only union boss who came out in wholesale condemnation was Terry O’Sullivan.
    Th namby-pamby response from the other unions is outrageous. The plumbers union can’t even name Obama placing blame on the US State Dept. and blaming gridlock in DC. The republicans have done everything thay can to get Keystone passed.
    Union workers need to wise up and quit being manipulated by their Union bosses.

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