LETTER: Long-term benefits to Line 3
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The reasons why the Line 3 pipeline project was a success are countless, but among them are the long-term benefits we are still seeing four months after oil began flowing.
Back when this replacement was just a pipe dream (pun intended), projections for job creation were well in the thousands.
What we did not anticipate was a global pandemic that would put millions out of work in the months leading up to this replacement project getting started. This fact led to an even higher importance of the need for job creation – especially in areas like northern Minnesota.
Amazingly, projections were met and even exceeded, with more than 5,000 skilled trade and labor union members being hired and employed throughout the duration of the Line 3 pipeline project.
Many naysayers denied this was possible and scoffed at the fact that some of these jobs would be short-term. But, despite what they say, it is because of massive infrastructure projects like the Line 3 pipeline project that thousands of families were bringing in paychecks once again. And it is because of Enbridge and Line 3 that union membership in Minnesota is on the rise, while nationwide, membership has fallen.
We are grateful and proud for the union members and other pipeline workers who participated in the Line 3 pipeline project and helped revitalize Northern Minnesota. Our state and region will forever be changed – largely thanks to unions.