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  •  I get asked on Kos if I am Jane Kleeb (yes) (19+ / 0-)

    I get asked if I am Jane Kleeb or am I married to Scott Kleeb. Yes to both. I had my Kos profile before we got hitched, so it remains janefleming...

    On more critical info, I hope you can help spread the word on the Laborers ties to Koch funded groups. We need to talk about this more...

    Jane Fleming Kleeb,, Working to stop the TransCanada Keystone pipeline from ruining our land and water

    by janefleming on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 09:31:52 AM PST

    •  Thank you Jane, (9+ / 0-)

      this ole South Dakota boy supports you and what you are doing.  I hope that one of you considers a run at the new vacancy in the senate.  

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      Thank you for leadership and, sigh, wish you were a "Senate wife" influencing DC discussion from DC along with from Nebraska ...

      For many who understand the union world even less than I, they might not realize that "Laborers" is one union and not "the unions".  

      As you are better aware than I, the union world is split re Keystone XL.  

      This dated discussion highlighted the tensions:

      Trade unions representing workers who stand to benefit from thousands of new construction jobs from the Keystone XL pipeline are furious at other unions that joined environmentalists in opposing the project.


      The issue reflects a decades-old conflict between union leaders who believe creating jobs is paramount and others who are more strongly aligned with progressive groups on environmental and social causes.

      After the White House blocked the pipeline in January, Laborers union president Terry O'Sullivan said he was "repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women."

      His harsh words were directed at groups such as the Transport Workers Union and the Amalgamated Transit Union, which said the risk of possible oils spills and environmental contamination outweighed the benefit of new jobs.

      I have found O'Sullivan's buying into and selling all of the distorting Keystone XL propaganda more than troubling.

      From 'the other side', I'm frustrated that there wasn't / isn't a massive deal for assuring that saying no to Keystone XL would be balanced by projects that could/would leverage LIUNA member skillsets.  What about, for example, a large program for rehabilitating/upgrading water systems (delivery, sewage, etc ...) around the nation requiring skill sets of people able to work with piping? And ...  Figure out how to create more jobs -- more union and more LIUNA jobs -- with projects that will help the nation moving forward than the short-term jobs that Keystone XL would enable while helping destroy our common future.

      Thank you for your leadership on Keystone XL and for bringing visibility to this issue.

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 06:09:39 AM PST

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