ACP officials sign agreements to hire local workers

RICHMOND, Va. (WDTV) -- The Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced Friday that it is signed Project Labor Agreements 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).

According to officials with Dominion Energy, the agreements “reaffirm the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project’s commitment to hiring skilled union workers for the pipeline’s construction”, with the unions committing to hiring at least 50% of workers through local union membership in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. They also committed to hiring at least 25% percent of workers from the local communities where the pipeline is being built.

According to officials, the agreements will also “provide opportunities for many local residents to pursue new careers in the construction industry” by offering free local training and apprenticeship programs.

The trade unions will also participate in the ‘Helmets to Hardhats’ program designed to provide jobs opportunities to veterans.

In a press release, LiUNA’s Vice President & Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager Dennis Martire, calls the ACP project ““the biggest job-creating infrastructure project we’ve seen in our region for many decades.”