VIDEO: Laborers' Union Gathers in Carroll County For Shale Jobs Rally - UPDATE: STI Responds to Unions

Update ---

STI Services Group has emailed a statement to us in response to the criticism of their hiring practices. It can be seen after the jump.

Original Report ---

The Laborers' International Union of North America rallied in Carroll County today to protest the hiring of out-of-state workers for local construction work related to shale development.  Union representatives stated their feeling that qualified local workers are being passed over for jobs in favor of less qualified workers and companies from other areas, estimating that 75-80% of the construction work related to shale development is going to out-of-state companies and workers or to area companies with substandard employee compensation and benefit plans.

After the jump you can view video of the protest (including a giant inflatable rat), as well as LIUNA's press release related to the rally.  The rally was held across State Route 43 from the White well, the location of an STI Services Group jobsite.  STI, based in Texas, was awarded the local work by Chesapeake Energy.  We reached out to STI for a comment, but as of this post have not received an official response.

STI Statement:


Texas STI Group Hires Experienced Locals for Quick Response/Quick Turn-a-Round Waterloo/Snoddy Project

Ninety day pipeline project utilizes local experience.

      May 10, 2012, Buna, TX –   The STI Group has responded to queries from the Laborers’ International Union of North America concerning use of local workers on the Carroll County Waterloo/Snoddy pipeline project. The company is currently employing skilled workers from not only Ohio but surrounding states for its 90 day project.
The STI Group, a family owned company for more than 34 years, remains committed to its mission as a turn-key, Total Solutions Provider to the industrial market place. As always its primary focus remains Safety, Quality and Integrity.

For more information please contact:
Matt Spence, STI Group Marketing or 409-658-3318
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