ENERGY?

LiUNA members build energy systems from natural gas extraction to solar panels. LiUNA members assist in the construction and maintenance of power plants and substations, digging trenches for lines and backfilling, road repair after line installation, and supporting infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines. Members also have skills in new technologies and are trained installers of solar panels, wind turbines, and green roofs, as well as building retrofit specialists and energy auditors.

 

Reshaping the Energy Future

Canada will continue to be dependent on a variety of energy resources, including; oil, natural gas, wind, solar and nuclear power. LiUNA supports an “all-of-the-above” energy policy. Becoming less reliant on oil from hostile nations by developing North America’s energy resources will improve our economy to fund green energy projects while creating jobs and strengthening national security.

Oil and natural gas – which supply 62 percent of our energy today – will provide much of the energy we need in the decades to come and are important components of the “all-of-the-above” approach.

The largest share of government revenues is collected from the oil and gas industry, which averaged $20.3 billion over the last five years, including $17.7 billion from upstream oil and gas extraction and its support activities.

Source: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/sites/www.nrcan.gc.ca/files/energy/pdf/EnergyFactBook_2016_17_En.pdf

Climate Change

A balanced and comprehensive energy policy must include the expansion of our nation’s pipeline infrastructure through safe pipeline construction practices that adhere to environment policies. The solution to climate change is comprehensive climate change legislation.

LiUNA has been on the forefront of supporting climate change legislation with carbon reduction targets as high as any other union. However, attempts to derail energy production project-by-project, as some in the environmental movement advocate, won’t impact climate change and will only stall creation of desperately needed jobs.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is derived from natural processes that are replenished at a rate that is equal or faster than the rate at which they are consumed. There are various forms of renewable energy, deriving directly or indirectly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth.

There are various forms of renewable energy currently being used across Canada, they include energy generated from; solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydropower and ocean resources, solid biomass, biogas and liquid biofuels.

LiUNA members have been part of the construction of some of the largest renewable energy projects in Canadian history. With wind and solar energy the fastest growing sources of energy production in the country, there is no doubt you will find LiUNA members.

Source: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/facts/renewable-energy/20069

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Coronavirus Preparation and Response Fact Sheet - Updated March 20, 2020

The Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America has developed a fact sheet in response to several questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). CLICK here for the Coronavirus FACT SHEET. Last updated March 20, 2020

Coronavirus & COVID-19: Preparation and Response

First known as the novel coronavirus, the virus now referred to as COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the number of cases in the U.S. and Canada continues to rise. It’s now critical that everyone does their part to limit the spread of the virus, as people without symptoms or with mild symptoms can still spread the virus to others.

Risk in the U.S. and Canada

Current risk of contracting COVID-19 in the U.S. and Canada varies by community based on the extent of the outbreak and the success of mitigation efforts. About half the people diagnosed with COVID-19 have already recovered. It’s estimated over 80 percent of those infected will experience only mild symptoms.

However, even people at low risk for serious health complications should take steps to protect groups who would be at higher risk if they got the virus.

Risk for more serious health effects is highest among:

Older adults (age 60 and up)
People with underlying health conditions (e.g., heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer)
People with weakened immune systems
The majority of deaths caused by COVID-19 have occurred among people falling into at least one of these higher risk categories.

Transmission & Diagnosis

Transmission: spread primarily through airborne respiratory droplets during coughing and sneezing, but can also be spread through regular breathing. Being in close proximity (less than six feet) to an infected person, especially in enclosed spaces, can result in transmission. Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, or touching an object with the virus on it, followed by touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands can spread the virus.

Diagnosis: If you suspect you have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. A lab test may be performed and sent to the CDC.