Oil Striker: “None of us wants to be the next person to lose his life for no good reason”

BY Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers President
Feb 11, 2015
In These Times

In Anacortes, Washington, last week, approximately 200 Tesoro workers began picketing the oil refinery where an explosion incinerated seven of their co-workers five years earlier.

Butch Cleve walks that picket line, serving now as strike captain for the USW local union at Tesoro. On the day of the catastrophe in 2010, Cleve walked the coroner to the shrouded bodies of three of his friends.

Steve Garey, who helped make the decision to strike as a member of the USW’s oil bargaining policy committee, wept repeatedly that April day five years ago as he told the relatives of his dead friends that their loved ones would never come home.


Safety Is Life-or-Death, Say Refinery Strikers

Samantha Winslow
Labor Notes
February 5, 2015

Thousands of oil refinery workers are on strike over health and safety, demanding stronger measures to protect workers and surrounding communities from refinery hazards.

Workers cite outsourcing, short staffing, and forced overtime that produces dangerous fatigue—in a job where mistakes can be fatal.

Five days into the strike, Shell Oil, which leads the table for the employers, reportedly offered a settlement that the union’s bargaining team was considering, but by evening, the union had rejected the offer.

The Steelworkers represent 30,000 oil industry workers, at 63 refineries plus related oil terminals, pipelines, and petrochemical facilities. Together they produce 65 percent of the U.S.’s oil.


Ready to Fight: Developing a 21st Century Community Syndicalism

By Shane Burley - Institute for Anarchist Studies, January 23, 2015

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are not the official position of the IWW (or even the IWW’s EUC) and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone but the author’s.

Consistent with the ‘strategy’ theme of the current issue of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory (No. 27), Shane Burley lays out what the anarcho-syndicalist tradition offers movements outside the workplace.


Railroad Workers United To Co-Sponsor Railroad Conference

By Railroad Workers United
Industrial Worker, Issue 1771, January-February-2015

This coming March, Railroad Workers United (RWU) will co-sponsor two conferences: one in the Bay Area and one in the Pacific Northwest. Tentatively entitled “The Future of Railroads: Safety, Workers, Community and Environment.” RWU is partnering with the Backbone Campaign and other citizens’ and environmental groups to or-ganize these innovative and cutting-edge conferences. The Bay Area conference will be held on March 14 at the Richmond Recreation Center in Richmond, Calif. The following weekend’s conference will be held on March 21, in Seattle; the location is yet to be determined.


IWW Insomnia Cookies Worker in Cambridge Needs Your Support!

The Cambridge, Massachusetts Police are persecuting a union activist merely for picketing. Click here to donate to his legal & living expenses.

On November 14, 2013, Cambridge cops, aided by the HUPD*, attacked a peaceful picket of union-busting Insomnia Cookies, where workers had gone on strike for $15/hr, paid health care, and a union. The cops grabbed IWW member Jason by the throat, threw him on the ground and pinned him partially under a car. Jason was cuffed and dragged away, charged with with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assaulting a cop, even though the only assault committed was by the police against him.


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