February 11, 2015
The largest oil workers’ strike since 1980 expanded to two more refineries Feb. 9, with United Steelworkers members at refineries in Indiana and Ohio joining those at nine other facilities who walked out Feb. 1. The 11 plants account for more than one-eighth of U.S. refining capacity, and BP and other companies are using strikebreakers to run most of them without the about 5,500 workers on strike.
Safety is the main issue. "Management cannot continue to resist allowing workers a stronger voice on issues that could very well make the difference between life and death for too many of them," Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard said in a statement issued Feb. 7. Read More