Labor Day 2023: Recognizing the Highly Skilled Workers and Steady Employment within the Natural Gas Industry

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern energy, one resource continues to shine as a cornerstone of both prosperity and progress: natural gas. Beyond its role in powering homes and industries, natural gas and its infrastructure provide a robust source of employment for thousands of Americans. Offering good-paying jobs and a dynamic career path, this industry fuels economic growth and contributes to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.

This Labor Day, we celebrate the workers who are the backbone of our society – the trades and labor workforce. From the construction workers who build our homes to the electricians who power our cities, these unsung heroes play a pivotal role in shaping our communities and ensuring their functionality.

The construction and maintenance of natural gas infrastructure, including pipelines and processing facilities, requires a highly skilled workforce. Welders, pipefitters, equipment operators, and other tradespeople play crucial roles in building and maintaining the infrastructure that brings this valuable resource to our homes and businesses.

Imagine a world without electricity – it’s nearly impossible. Nearly a third of all electricity comes from generators powered by natural gas. Plumbers, Steamfitters, HVAC/R technicians, electricians and utility workers all ensure that our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses remain connected and operational. From maintaining power lines to fixing electrical issues, their expertise keeps the lights on and our lives moving forward.

One of the most appealing aspects of a career in the natural gas industry is its stability. As a vital energy source, natural gas is expected to play a significant role in our energy future. This assures workers of long-term career opportunities and the chance to evolve alongside the industry.

In a world that demands both energy security and environmental responsibility, the natural gas industry strikes a balance between economic growth and sustainability. It offers more than just energy; it provides Americans with the promise of meaningful, well-paying jobs that contribute to a better future. As the industry continues to adapt and innovate, it ensures that careers in natural gas infrastructure remain at the forefront of progress, driving both personal success and collective advancement.

Joe Neely is the Business Manager of UA Local 290

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