At the United Steel Workers Local 5 Picket
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United Steelworkers (USW) refinery workers are on strike over serious health and safety concerns. Workers cite outsourcing, short staffing, forced overtime that produces dangerous fatigue, and a lack of stop-work authority protections to prevent dangerous refinery accidents. Now in it’s 5th week, it is their first strike since 1980 against the most wealthy industry in history.
GUERRILLA MOVIE PROJECTIONS: San Francisco Projection Department will project outdoor movies and images at the picket line of the refinery entrance.
SPEAKOUT: Hear from striking refinery workers and members of refinery community, environmental and climate justice groups about their common fight for health and safety.
ANTONIA JUHASZ: Leading oil industry expert Antonia Juhasz will give a comprehensive analysis of why big oil industry is threat to the health and safety of workers, communities, the environment and our climate and why refinery workers demands for safety are a key part of the solution. In her March 2 L.A. Times Op Ed Juhasz writes,
“The most important thing is to shelter in place, stay indoors, no outdoor activity, turn the air conditioners off, keep the windows closed.” This was the instruction Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey gave to neighbors of the Exxon Mobil refinery, including the children at 14 schools, for three hours following a massive explosion at the facility Feb. 18. The ExxonMobil refinery explosion in Los Angeles Feb. 18 was the third U.S. refinery explosion this year, and just the latest reminder of the very real dangers petroleum refineries and terminals pose for their workers, their neighbors, the air we breathe and the climate we share. In fact, at least 50 workers have died in U.S. refinery incidents since 2007, according to my research. During the same period, according to the United Steelworkers, a fire or explosion has put refinery workers and communities at risk twice a month, on average, at facilities across the nation. Before there’s another Torrance, or Richmond, or another clean-air violation or refinery death, the demands of the striking workers should be met, the concerns of communities heard..”