Reston, VA (December 14, 2017) —The Baltimore Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), an affiliate of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), today urged the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) to support the merger of AltaGas Ltd. and WGL Holdings, Inc. 800 workers employed on Washington Gas pipeline replacement projects are LIUNA members. The DC PSC’s evidentiary hearings on the merger conclude tomorrow, and the PSC must now decide whether to approve it.
“Our members perform 85 percent of Washington Gas’s pipeline replacement work, said David Allison, Baltimore/Washington District Council Business Manager, LIUNA. “They are employed by Washington Gas contractors and are literally in the trenches every day upgrading the system, working to keep it safe and reliable. Their LIUNA membership has afforded them competitive pay and benefits, and we wanted to ensure that the merger incorporated wage and benefit standards for contracted-out workers.”
In response to LIUNA’s proposal, LIUNA and AltaGas Ltd. have reached an innovative agreement that ensures the skilled, trained men and women of LIUNA will continue to perform accelerated pipeline replacements and repairs across the region.
The LIUNA-AltaGas Ltd. agreement is significant. It is a commitment to union workers that protects hundreds of family-supporting jobs, many of which are held by District residents. Approval of the merger will enable LIUNA to fast-track its recruitment and training of local residents in gas line replacement work because it will have a stable flow of projects on which to place them.
The Baltimore Washington Laborers’ District Council, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), represents more than 7,000 LIUNA members who live and work in the Baltimore-Washington region.