Labor unions flip, throw support to Kemper power plant
Published: December 11,2012
KEMPER COUNTY — In exchange for the promise of 1,000 jobs, a group of labor unions is throwing its support behind Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant.
The unions had most recently opposed the plant because contractors for Atlanta-based Southern Co. were excluding union members from the $2.8 billion project, which currently employs 2,600 construction workers.
Yesterday, union leaders attacked former ally the Sierra Club, which continues to oppose the coal-fired plant, saying the environmental group’s opposition could cost worker jobs and ratepayer money.
It’s another in a series of clashes between proxies for Atlanta-based Southern Co. and the Sierra Club. Monday, the club hit former Gov. Haley Barbour for not disclosing that he was lobbying for Southern Co. when he sent letters to newspaper editors attacking the club.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Mississippi no longer has highest unemployment rate in nation
- McDaniel cites Gunn's challenge in his attempt to overturn loss to Cochran
- Outside group files arguments supporting McDaniel
- Payday lender, fired executive exchanging blame for lender’s regulatory woes
- Grain buyer’s bankruptcy could take steep toll on Delta farmers
- UPDATE — David Watkins says JRA left him in dark about HUD's Farish St. involvement
- Mad Genius, Eyevox owner acquires Mississippi Film Studios
- Once the bane of only Southerners, kudzu is migrating north and west
- MDEQ fines metalworking firm over hazardous waste