Strange happenings, LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America strongly backed the Keystone Pipeline, in fact they blasted President Obama when he announced that he would not let the project proceed. But on Tuesday they endorsed Hillary Clinton for president despite her rejection of the project. On it’s website the union never even mentioned Hillary’s opposition to the project.
When Obama made his Keystone announcement, LIUNA was quick to criticize the decision which they said was “kowtowing to green-collar elitists.”
President Obama today demonstrated that he cares more about kowtowing to green-collar elitists than he does about creating desperately needed, family-supporting, blue-collar jobs. After a seven-year circus of cowardly delay, the President’s decision to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline is just one more indication of an utter disdain and disregard for salt-of-the-earth, middle-class working Americans. The politics he has played with their lives and livelihoods is far dirtier than oil carried by any pipeline in the world, and the cynical manipulation of the approval process has made a mockery of regulatory institutions and government itself. We are dismayed and disgusted that the President has once again thrown the members of LIUNA, and other hard-working, blue-collar workers under the bus of his vaunted “legacy,” while doing little or nothing to make a real difference in global climate change. His actions are shameful.
They even said Obama did not care about the working people. Six weeks earlier the presumptive Democratic Party nominee, Hillary Clinton announced her opinion of the project which was the same as the President’s:
“I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is — a distraction from important work we have to do on climate change,” Clinton told a community forum in Des Moines, Iowa.
“And unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward with all the other issues,” she said. “Therefore I oppose it.”
Ms.Clinton made her announcement on September 22,2015 but for some strange reason LIUNA’s loony management didn’t think her position on this all-important jobs issue mattered. Below is a screen shot of their news board. Notice it covered the President’s announcement but omitted Ms.Clinton’s.
On Tuesday 11/14 the union announced its endorsement of the Keystone-opposing Hillary Clinton:
LIUNA is proud to endorse Secretary Clinton for President of the United States. The strong, proud and united members of LIUNA will be on the frontlines of the 2016 elections; on the streets, knocking on doors, making calls and encouraging family, friends, and neighbors to elect Hillary Clinton as the 45th President of the United States.
LIUNA members and leadership believe that Secretary Clinton is the right leader to move our country forward and the most qualified candidate to address the many challenges facing the United States.
LIUNA members are deeply concerned about the direction of our country and are looking for a real leader who will create good jobs, rebuild our country, and grow our economy. Secretary Clinton’s record proves that she is a tough and tested fighter for our nation and for working men and women.
LIUNA is eager to work with Secretary Clinton, as the next President of the United States, to help enact legislation and promote policies that provide long-term investment in America’s roads and bridges, and encourage a real all-of-the-above approach to energy development. We also look forward to working with Secretary Clinton on repeal of the so-called Cadillac tax, fair postal reform, and policies that protect pensions and support public employees.
Notice they didn’t mention this was in spite of her opposition to Keystone?
In January 2012, LIUNA wrote, The [Keystone] project would create thousands of good jobs at a time when unemployment in the construction industry is 16% with 1.3 million men and women jobless.
With their endorsement of Hillary Clinton, LIUNA is indicating either that they lied about the importance of Keystone, or they selected the possibility of political cronyism over the job needs of their membership.