Editorial submitted by Conrad Doyle
In October of 2020 UA President Mark McManus publicly endorsed then Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden stating “This endorsement is about putting UA members to work and fighting for fair wages and good benefits. Under a Biden Administration, that’s exactly what we’ll get,”
said McManus. Biden, he said, “will be a fierce ally to our UA Brothers and Sisters in the White House.”
Three months after this endorsement Mr. McManus is served his first slice of bitter pie when Biden on his first day in office, revoked the Keystone XL pipeline permit drawing condemnation by the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters, known as the UA. Mr. McManus falsely claimed that then candidate Biden had a reputation for standing with unions and creating jobs.
Reality is so often the antithesis of truth and is as opposite as day is from night, summer is from winter, right is from wrong.
With the shutdown of the Keystone XL pipeline more than 11,000 union members were fired, NOT hired but FIRED! This number is the only figure available to show the impact this decision will have on our economy. Ripple losses will be in the billions of dollars.
As the pipeline progressed into each new community the economic upswing in the local areas has been the greatest thing to happen for so many citizens, businesses and families. For months at a time every motel/hotel room stayed booked. Each booked room meant that people would be enjoying the amenities each community held. Restaurants served more meals, staff earned more in salary and tips. Grocery stores hired more associates and offered them full benefits, some having health and dental insurance for the first time ever. Fuel distributors and retail outlets had a significant increase in patrons and sales volumes.
Land that had once produced no significant resources because of the marsh like environment have now become valuable pasture land that farmers now use to grow cattle and other foods that will feed families in the local vicinity and beyond.
When asked about Biden’s decision, McManus said “Let me be very clear:
When built with union labor by the men and women of the United Association, pipelines like Keystone XL remain the safest and most efficient modes of energy transportation in the world. Sadly, the Biden Administration has now put thousands of union workers out of work. For the average American family, it means energy costs will go up and communities will no longer see the local investments that come with pipeline construction.”