No more delays: operating engineers call on government to approve pipelines


IUOE rallies members through launch of #Ready2Work campaign

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – (DATE) – Canadian operating engineers are the heart of the Canadian economy. They build the roads we drive on and the hospitals we rely on. They also build the pipelines that are – like them – at the heart of the Canadian economy. In support of pipeline proposals across the country, the International Union of Operating Engineers is today launching its #Ready2Work campaign – rallying Canadians to contact their MP and tell the government “it’s time to build.” Canadians can visit the campaign website at and contact their MP today.

“The name says it all,” said IUOE Canadian Director Lionel Railton. “The pipeline proposals currently on the table are undergoing the most rigorous and comprehensive review process in Canadian history. They are ready to go, and we are ready to work. There’s no time to delay; it’s time to build. We are asking Canadians to join us in sending that message loud and clear.”

99.999% of crude oil moved by pipeline arrives safely at its destination. That is because of Canadian operating engineers – a world-class workforce, trained through programs supported by millions of dollars in investment by IUOE Locals unions. “But our commitment to safety comes from much more than training,” notes Railton. “Operating engineers live in the same communities where these pipelines are built. We are your next-door neighbours – so when we build, we build right, we build safe, and we build to last.”

Beyond safety, the #Ready2Work campaign is also highlighting pipelines as the environmentally responsible choice for moving oil. Shipping oil by rail or truck produces more greenhouse gas emissions than shipping oil by pipeline.

The urgent need for these pipeline projects has never been stronger. The collapse of oil prices has led to an economic crisis. Canada lost more than 31,000 jobs in July of this year. In Alberta alone, the oil crisis made 2015 the worst year for job losses since 1982. Thousands of working class Canadians are out of work. “This is a crisis – families can’t put food on the table,” says Railton “Building pipelines will create thousands of good union jobs, right when Canadians need them most. No more delays – I ask Canadians to visit the website and tell their MP we are ready to work.”

Media Contact:

Lionel Railton
(613) 567-5544

The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) is a progressive, diversified trade union that primarily represents operating engineers, who work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors in the construction industry, and stationary engineers, who work in operations and maintenance in building and industrial complexes, and in the service industries. Founded in 1896, IUOE today has approximately 400,000 members in 123 local unions throughout the United States and Canada. IUOE is the 10th largest union in the AFL-CIO. Over 100 state-of-the-art training and apprenticeship programs ensure that IUOE members are the safest, most productive, and highly skilled craft workers. For more information, please visit