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IUOE General President James Callahan recently co-wrote an op-ed piece about pipeline safety that was published online.
Jason George, Local 49 Business Manager, released the following statement about the article:
“I thank General President Callahan for strongly supporting measures that will help protect pipeline construction workers. Operating Engineers that build critical pipeline infrastructure deserve to be safe on the job. People should have the freedom to protest and oppose pipelines, but they do not have the right to violate the law or harm workers in order to stop projects once they are approved. We worked on passing a law in Minnesota to enhance penalties for protestors that violate the law, the Minnesota House blocked that proposal last year. Wisconsin just signed into law a similar proposal. We look forward to bringing it back and working to convince Minnesota legislators that this is the right thing to do next session.”