Union Protests Dominion Transmission in WV Over Lack of Local Workers in Building Pipelines

A local union in West Virginia is set to protest natural gas transmission facilities owned by Dominion over the issue of jobs and out-of-state workers being brought in to build new pipelines in the Wetzel County.

West Virginia construction workers are upset that Dominion Transmission has decided to hire people from other states to work on pipelines to transmit natural gas from local Marcellus Shale operations.

Dominion hired Holloman Corp., based in Texas, to work on new pipelines in Wetzel County in West Virginia. Instead of using local workers, Holloman is importing workers from Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Florida.

The Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation, which has supported Marcellus Shale development as a promising source of jobs, has organized four protests in front of Dominion Transmission facilities — in Harrison, Wetzel, Marshall and Ohio counties.*

Dominion says they’ve contracted with Holloman because the pipeline construction is specialized and special skills are needed to build the pipelines. Affiliated Construction Trades says that’s bunkum and that out-of-state workers buy food and stay in hotels and the rest of their money goes to their home states, muting the economic benefit that could be had by using local WV workers.

*The Charleston Gazette (May 24, 2011) – Union says Marcellus jobs should go to W.Va. workers