What do West Virginia Unions and an EQT Scholarship Program Have in Common?

by Nicole Good on November 19, 2011

West Virginia unions have united to voice their concerns about out-of-state workers being employed by the gas drilling industry before locals.  They have launched a campaign to pressure companies into hiring locally first, especially in northern West Virginia.  One of the points raised is that Wetzel County, experiencing an abundance of gas industry activity, has the highest unemployment rate of any county in West Virginia.  Read more in the Charleston Gazette…

One reason given by industry representatives in the past regarding bringing in out-of-state workers is a lack of  West Virginians with the needed skills and knowledge for the jobs.  In a laudable endeavor, EQT has been helping to address this problem with a generous scholarship program which was started in 2009.  This year the company awarded three full rides to students studying engineering, information technology, safety science, or geology, in addition to its annual awards of $1000 to one student in every West Virginia county.  Read the full article in the WV State Journal…

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