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Marathon disappointed Galveston Bay workers reject contract offer

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HOUSTON – Marathon Petroleum Corp said on Tuesday it was disappointed by the rejection of a contract offer by striking workers at the company’s Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas. Workers on Monday overwhelmingly rejected the offer developed by a federal mediator working with the company and United Steelworkers union Local 13-1, which represents the strikers. “We remain committed ...

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US complaint charges oil companies paid women less than men

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a federal complaint against Casper-based True Oil LLC and associated companies that charges they have discriminated against woman employees by paying them less than men for equivalent work. A spokesman for the companies said Monday they vigorously disagree with and will fight the federal agency’s claims in the complaint. The ...

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Marathon Galveston Bay refinery workers vote to continue strike

TEXAS CITY, Texas – Hourly workers at Marathon Petroleum Corp’s Galveston Bay, Texas, refinery voted on Monday to continue a strike, rejecting a contract proposal developed by a federal mediator aimed at ending a stoppage that has lasted three-and-a-half months. The workers voted by secret ballot at their Texas City, Texas, union hall within sight of the giant Marathon refining ...

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Natural gas, safety management focus at MU

Back in 2012, Mansfield University began offering the Associate of Applied Science in Natural Gas Production and Services and the Bachelor of Science in Safety Management. Today, they continue to be offered, and enrollment is growing. Dr. Jennifer Demchak, the chair of the Department of Geosciences, shared enrollment figures for the two programs. For the A.A.S., enrollment in fall 2012 ...

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Consol Energy down to four-day workweeks

As a result of low coal prices, Consol Energy has dropped its workweeks from five days to four days. Consol employees and contractors that work in the Harvey, Bailey and Enlow Fork mines located in Washington and Greene counties in Pennsylvania are the only ones to be impacted by the shortened workweek.  It isn’t exactly clear how many employees and ...

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Will summer camps inspire the next generation of oil and gas engineers?

Louisiana students will have the opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse into the oil and gas industry this summer. Fletcher Technical Community College and South Central Louisiana Technical College have teamed up with oil and gas companies in the region to facilitate three energy-minded camps meant to promote curiosity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Nicol Blanchard, the ...

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Finding a job after the oilfield

Diego Estrada finally lost his job as a wireline operator in March. For months, the 35year-old said he watched his hours dwindle, chipping away at earnings beyond what he ever made as a construction worker in El Paso. In 2014, he said he made $88,000. But as oil companies shed rigs and completed fewer and fewer wells as the New ...

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Texan Rick Perry pushes oil pipeline during Iowa GOP event

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says American workers would benefit from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Speaking before roughly 1,300 people gathered Saturday night at an Iowa Republican Party dinner, Perry said the pipeline would drive down the cost of electricity and help lower taxes and boost wages. Perry says blue-collar workers should say, “I’m going ...

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