According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year about 10.7% of the nation’s workforce was unionized. Because oil and gas production has been traditionally focused in regions without a union tradition, fewer than 5% of workers in the oil, gas, and mining sectors are unionized. That is different in Pennsylvania.
Natural gas pipelines are being installed in Pennsylvania to carry newly-produced gas to market, and a lot of those pipes are being laid by union workers. One of the biggest examples is Sunoco’s 400-mile Mariner pipeline system that is bringing gas to the east coast from the new gas fields in Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania. Sunoco promised to use American steel and union labor. In the future, a lot of the new gas is going to go to a massive new “cracker” plant being built by Shell in Monaca, PA. This multi-billion dollar plant will eventually turn natural gas into the building blocks of plastic, and while the plant is under construction it will employ thousands of union workers.
Skilled union labor is an important advantage for our region. Companies across the country are desperate for these kinds of skilled tradespeople. PBS recently reported that California is investing hundreds of millions to improve trade schools and then recruit students to them. Pennsylvania’s unions are already getting these jobs done, though.
Our region also has a well-developed system for securing leases for drilling rights, and the skilled landmen at Cimmaron Land can help your company get set up. Just contact us any time to explore your options.