I am a union boilermaker. I have been unemployed since June 2010.
Last year Canada put out a call for 1,000 U.S. boilermakers to come work at the Kearl Oil Sands. They were offering generous pay and benefits. To qualify, one had to supply a passport, a five-year work history and enough cash to get by until the paychecks started. I did all of this, but by March of this year no U.S. boilermakers were allowed to work in Canada. Apparently they hired people working in their own ports. Now with the big rigs’ proposed route through Montana, I wonder what kind of jobs will be created for U.S. workers besides holding a highway sign. They didn’t want us in their backyard and now I don’t want them in mine.