Labor activist groups blasted one of the largest labor unions in the country Monday for endorsing the construction of a controversial, multi-billion dollar oil pipeline in North Dakota.
The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) joined a coalition of union workers to oppose the project, which is slated to deliver more than 4,500 jobs to three states along the pipeline’s route.
APALA is a member group of the AFL-CIO, with 20 chapters worldwide.
Labor Coalition for Community Action, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement were among those telling union members to stand together and oppose “corporate greed.”
“As organizations dedicated to elevating the struggles of our respective constituencies, we stand together to support our Native American kinfolk — one of the most marginalized and disenfranchised groups in our nation’s history—in their fight to protect their communities from further displacement and exploitation,” the group wrote in a press release Monday.