LM Sixel

LM Sixel

L.M. Sixel writes about the economy and the workplace for the Houston Chronicle. She started her newspaper career at the Beaumont Enterprise. Before that, she earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.

OSHA cites Houston manufacturer after worker struck by machine part

The agency has proposed penalties totaling $199,800 for four repeat and three serious violations, according to OSHA.  More »

GE Power & Water closing Houston plant

The closure of Houston plant could eliminate more than 200 jobs.  More »

More died on the job in Texas last year

Michael Cunningham, executive director of the Texas Building & Construction Trades Council for the AFL-CIO in Austin, hadn’t seen the data but suspects a sizable portion of the increase comes from the surge in oil and gas exploration and production in Texas.  More »

Energy industry eager to attract more skilled trades workers

With all the new projects planned along the Gulf Coast, the energy industry predicts it will need 500,000 new workers between now and 2020.  More »

Houston maritime lawyers join new firm

All eight lawyers who work at Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau in Houston have joined the Philadelphia-based law firm of Blank Rome.  More »

Energy execs sweep list of Houston’s top 10 highest paid

See which energy executives enjoy the heftiest compensation packages in the Houston area.  More »

Lawyers leave Fulbright for Baker Botts

Fourteen lawyers along with an unspecified number of support staff are leaving Norton Rose Fulbright to join rival law firm Baker Botts in the Middle East.  More »

Company fined after equipment amputates workers’ fingers

OSHA cited Piping Technology & Products with one willful violation. Willful violations include allegations that a company acted with indifference to worker health or safety or either knew or disregarded the federal rules.  More »

Oil industry drove economic booms in North Dakota, Texas

A strong increase in economic activity in oil and gas exploration and production boosted the fortunes of both states in 2012, according to a report Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  More »

Company forced to pay oil workers in labor dispute

An oil and gas equipment manufacturing company in Houston that is owned by one of the world’s largest land drilling rig makers has paid $687,469 in back overtime wages to 133 roughnecks and crane operators, the U.S. Department of Labor says.  More »

Cameron International to close area facility that employs 88

Cameron International will lay off 88 workers when it closes its factory in Magnolia.  More »

Electricity, energy costs hike consumer prices

Energy costs rose 2.3 percent in March and April, largely because of an 8.2 percent jump in the cost of electricity, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday.  More »
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