USW Urges Governor Abercrombie to Include Union on Committee Examining Tesoro
Refinery Closure in Kapolei, Hawaii
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 19, 2013
USW Represents Majority of Workers at Refinery
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers
Union (USW) today called on Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie to include the
USW on a committee being formedto examine the closure of Tesoro's Kapolei
refinery and its impact on the state. The committee will also
examinecoordinating efforts to save the refinery and other issues related to
"We believe that it would be a huge mistake for your administration to exclude
the United Steelworkers from this process," wrote USW International Vice
President Gary Beevers and USW District 12 Director Robert LaVenture.
The USW represents some 250 production and maintenance workers at the Kapolei
refinery who are likely to lose their jobs if the facility is shut down.
"It doesn't make sense to exclude the USW on the governor's committee when we
represent the majority of workers who will be affected by the refinery
closure," Beevers said.
"Participation by the USW on the committee would be beneficial to Governor
Abercrombie," LaVenture said. "Our union has shown it can partner with local,
state and federal officials to save jobs and protect the local economy."
Last year the USW successfully partnered with local, state and federal
officials on the East Coast to encourage Sunoco and ConocoPhillips to
proactively sell their refineries, address regulatory issues in a sustainable
way, and attract qualified buyers to operate two large refineries.
The USW also is willing to work with Governor Abercrombie on green energy
solutions; however, refined petroleum products will remain an essential part
of Hawaii's energy mix for years to come.
"Allowing this refinery to shut down only to create space for increased
imports from less regulated refiners in India and Asia does nothing to address
our shared concern for the environment. In fact, offshoring refining capacity
will not only have a negative impact on the state's economy, it will
dramatically increase the environmental impacts of oil consumption," Beevers
and LaVenture wrote.
The USW awaits Governor Abercrombie's response and invitation to participate
on the committee to examine the closure and coordinate the efforts to save the
A copy of the letter is available HERE.
The USW is the largest industrial union in North America and has 850,000
members in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. The union represents workers
employed in metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, atomic energy and
the service sector.
Contact: Lynne Hancock, USW, 615-828-6169, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
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