Historic US Oil Workers’ Strike for Safety Spreads to Two More States


TJ Petrowski

From CommonDreams

The biggest U.S. oil worker strike in more than three decades just grew even larger, with two mid-western BP plants joining in the work stoppage to demand health and safety protections from some of the world’s most powerful fossil fuel corporations.

The United Steelworkers announced Saturday that over 1,400 employees at two BP refineries—in Whiting, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio—have decided to join the 3,800 oil workers on strike at nine refineries in California, Kentucky, Texas and Washington.

The workers at the new sites officially began their work action at 12:01 Sunday morning, according to the union.

The strike, now entering its second week, was organized to win protections in an industry where safety is a matter of “life-or-death” for workers and surrounding communities, as Samantha Winslow points out in Labor Notes.

As of Sunday morning, two new BP plants in the mid-west have joined in the strike. (Photo courtesy of United Steelworkers) As of Sunday morning, two new BP plants in the mid-west have joined in the strike. (Photo…

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