America’s biggest building and construction trade unions sign up for Virginia and North Carolina pipeline job boost.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline has signed agreements with America's leading building and construction trade unions to fill the estimated 13,000 jobs the project needs. Agreements were signed last week with the Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA), Teamsters National Pipeline (Teamsters), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States (United Association).

The four trade unions will be responsible for hiring and training 13,000 construction workers needed to build the pipeline. The unions have committed to hiring at least half of the construction workforce through local union membership in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The organizations have also committed to hiring at least 25 percent of all new hires from local communities.

In addition to employing  local tradesmen and craftsmen, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will provide opportunities for many residents to pursue new careers in the construction industry, offering free local training and apprenticeship programs. The unions will also provide job opportunities to local veterans through the 'Helmets to Hardhats' program, a national, non-profit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with training and career opportunities.

The four organizations signing the agreements represent the crafts and trades that will perform the bulk of mainline construction activity for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline:

  • Laborers who install environmental control devices, perform ground clearing, coat and install the pipe and restore the right of way
  • Teamsters who transport personnel, materials and equipment
  • Operators who operate excavators, bulldozers, pipe bending and laying machines, cranes, forklifts and other construction equipment
  • Welders who weld and bend the pipe, install road bores and perform hydrostatic testing

Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a joint venture between four major US energy companies – Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas. The proposed 600-mile underground natural gas transmission pipeline will provide feedstock to public utilities in Virginia and North Carolina.

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