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February 25, 2015
FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASE
ATLANTA, GA -- There has been much confusion concerning the United Steelworkers (USW) negotiations with the refinery industry regarding the scope of our members’ work.
We are issuing this statement to make clear that the scope of work USW is seeking in negotiations with the refinery owners does not and will not include the following: new construction; turnaround or shut down work (not currently performed by in-house USW members); and specialty work that requires specialty equipment.
In addition, the USW does not and will not seek to bar the subcontracting of such work to contractors whose employees are represented by North America’s Building Trades Unions. The daily maintenance and repair work covered by the existing scope or recognition clauses contained in USW agreements with refinery owners and performed by the refinery owners’ workforce is the work of the USW. This is the only work the USW is trying to defend in the current negotiations with the refinery owners.
Furthermore, USW officials acknowledge the safety qualifications of NABTU contractors and acknowledge that those contractors that employ and are signatory with North America’s Building Trades Unions, utilize the best trained, most skilled and safest craft workers in the world.
The USW recognizes that the five contractors represented by the California Refinery Contractors Association undermine the standards of the USW and the Building Trades in the industry. The USW is committed to resolving this issue once and for all including, if necessary, the expulsion of the USW Local Unions that represent the workers of such contractors.
Meanwhile, for the duration of the USW strike, NABTU unions and their members shall respect the USW picket lines and refrain from performing struck work, with the understanding that rebuilding and/or new construction by NABTU union members shall be permitted and USW will assist the NABTU in facilitating such work.
ABOUT NORTH AMERICA'S BUILDING TRADES UNIONS
North America's Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 national and international unions in the building and construction industry that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. Each year, our unions and our signatory contractor partners invest over $1 billion in private sector money to fund and operate over 1,900 apprenticeship training and education facilities across North America that produce the safest, most highly trained and productive skilled craft workers found anywhere in the world.
ABOUT THE UNITED STEELWORKERSThe USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, plus the service and public sectors. For more information: http://www.usw.org/.
February 11, 2015
“The AFL-CIO stands in full support of our brothers and sisters in this strike against unfair labor practices. We are in solidarity with the more than 5,200 oil refinery workers who are currently on the picket lines demanding safe working environments and an end to dangerous and abusive industry practices. No one should go to work each day wondering if it will be their last. No one should be asked by a supervisor to labor at unsafe staffing levels.This strike is about protecting workers and their families, and it’s about protecting the communities where these facilities are located. The workers are protesting the oil companies’ serious unfair labor practices, including their refusal to negotiate over mandatory subjects, undue delays in providing information, impeded bargaining, and threats issued to workers if they joined the ULP strike. We call on the oil companies to end their bad faith bargaining and immediately work with the union to solve these problems.”
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