For Immediate Release
October 3, 2018
Contact: Jonathan Byrd – (517) 993 8659 – Jbyrd@Mi-Laborers.Org
The Michigan Laborers Union applauds today’s news of an agreement between the State of Michigan
and Enbridge to remove Line 5 from the Straits of Mackinac and place it in a new underground tunnel.
The following quote may be attributed to Geno Alessandrini, Business Manager of the Laborers District Council.
“The State of Michigan and Enbridge made the right decision today to remove Line 5 from the straits of
Mackinac and replace it in a newly constructed tunnel. As a lifelong Yooper, I know how important Line 5 is
to meeting the Upper Peninsula’s energy needs. I also know that the tunnel will be built to the highest of
standards with trained and skilled workers who will ensure that the pipeline may continue to operate
safely and responsibly.”
The Laborers International Union of North America was established in 1903 and represents over half a
million men and women who building America’s roads, bridges, buildings, and energy infrastructure.
Members of the Michigan Laborers have worked over 17 million hours on pipeline projects throughout