USW Oil Workers to Rally at Shell Headquarters

HOUSTON – The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that Houston area oil workers will sponsor a noon rally at Shell Headquarters on Friday, Feb. 6, to show management that union members are united in their drive for a fair contract that improves safety throughout the industry.

Union members began a strike at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in California, Kentucky, Texas and Washington on Feb. 1, after their previous contract expired and industry negotiators, represented by Shell, failed to address serious concerns raised by the USW regarding the health and safety of workers and their communities.

USW members account for about 64 percent of the country’s oil refining capacity, and more locations could soon join the strike if necessary.

On Saturday, the union will hold a National Day of Action at 65 oil refineries, while steelworkers at almost 200 other facilities across the country, including oil terminals, pipelines and petrochemical plants, will also participate in solidarity actions.

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

ATTN ASSIGNMENT/EDITORS: Photo Opportunities, Interviews

WHO:       USW members and elected union officials from oil facilities in the Houston area

WHAT:     Rally for safer workplaces and fair contracts throughout the oil industry

WHEN:     12 noon, Friday, February 6, 2015

WHERE:   Shell Corporate Headquarters, 1 Shell Plaza, 901 Louisiana, Houston

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