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.

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Chevron trader, energy consultant charged in bribery scheme

A federal grand jury in Houston has charged that Chevron oil  trader and a Houston energy consultant engaged in international commercial bribery scheme and funneled the money they received from kickbacks into offshore bank accounts, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said Thursday. The trader, Shawn Tho ...

Marathon workers say no to labor offer in Galveston

Employees at  Marathon’s Galveston Bay Refinery overwhelming rejected a contract offer late Monday night, said union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock.  Details of the offer, which had been brokered through the help of a federal mediator, were not available. The 1,100 workers, who are represented by t ...

Marathon workers to vote on labor pact Monday

Employees at Marathon’s Galveston Bay Refinery are expected to vote Monday on whether to accept a new contract offer that would  end the strike that began more than three months ago.  The deal was brokered through the help of a federal mediator and comes after union leaders rejected the company’s “l ...

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