The Oilworker: April 2019


Recent Incidents Point to Using Health and Safety Contract Language to Prevent Repeat Problems in Oil Industry

There have been an unusually high number of safety incidents at USW represented oil refineries in the past month, including four fires and a small explosion. While we were fortunate that no one was seriously injured in any of these cases, this month has served as an important reminder that there are inherent dangers in our industry. This industry sees damage to its public image, what we see is injury to workers.

We as USW-represented workers can help shape the safety culture in our workplaces.

Our union contracts contain important health and safety language. This includes the right to refuse unsafe work, joint labor-management health and safety committees and full-time, union health and safety representatives and process safety representatives.

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Organize an Event to Commemorate Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day is on April 28, and is commemorated both before and during that week. Now is the time to start planning an event to remember those killed and injured on the job and as a result of occupational illnesses.

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Has your local organized a group of workers, won an award, participated in a community event, won an arbitration, helped achieve a legislative victory, settled a safety issue, etc.?

Please contact Lynne Hancock at, (Office) 412-562-2442 or (cell) 615-828-6169.

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