Yesterday Pam Link of the Local 563 chapter of the Laborers International Union of North America was on air with my colleague Jay Thomas on 970 AM WDAY. She spoke with Jay about the issues the pipeliners are going through with the #NoDAPL protests.
She painted an ugly picture, describing one incident where a worker filling up his truck at an area gas station was “beaten” by masked protesters.
“I wish people could imagine the situation our union workers have been put in,” she said, adding that hundreds of the workers are from right here in North Dakota.
“No one should have to be going to work threatened and put in an unsafe position,” she added.
Link said workers routinely show up at their work sites along the pipeline routine to find equipment damaged. Not that they get much of a chance to address the damage. She also said workers are routinely run off by protesters just a couple of hours after starting their work days.
There are a “handful of workers who have left the job,” Link said, though added that most of the workers are sticking and want to get the project completed.
Here’s the full audio: