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Workers at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant prepare to move parts into the plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Bank economist sees Houston jobs gain this year

The chief economist for Chase says diversification of Houston’s economy softens oil price shocks.
Even though the Houston economy is under pressure from lower oil prices, health care and other industries have helped the region avoid a recession, according to the Federal Reserve.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Non-energy industries aid Houston economy in oil slump, Fed says

Health care, construction and manufacturing have helped Houston avoid a recession as oil prices drop, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Categories: Crude oil, General
Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar (Melissa Phillip/Chronicle)

Paychecks rose for some Houston energy CEOs in 2014

The 10 highest-paid executives in Houston last year all work in the energy industry, despite domestic oil’s long and lingering swoon.
A United Steelworkers Union member pickets outside Marathon Petroleum Company's Galveston Bay Refining Division on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Texas City. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Steelworkers to vote on agreement to return to work at Galveston Bay refinery

The Marathon workers, who became locked in a heated battle over local issues including proposed company changes in work schedules and safety procedures, remain the only work group out of 15 nationwide still on the picket lines.
(Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Steelworkers, Marathon Petroleum reach tentative deal for Texas City refinery

The pact, if approved by the union members, would mark the end of a nationwide walkout that at its height affected 15 refineries, chemical plants and other locations.
United Steel Workers Union members on strike from Marathon Petroleum's Galveston Bay refinery hold a rally at the CERAweek conference at the Hilton Americas-Houston, Tuesday April 21, 2015. The United Steel Workers Union has been on a nation wide strike since February of this year. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

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 the United Steelworkers union, have been on strike since Feb. 1. […]
Categories: Workforce
Representatives from the United Steel Workers Union (USW) hold a rally at the entrance to the Marathon refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky. Saturday Feb. 7, 2015.   (AP Photo/The Independent, Kevin Goldy)

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 “last, best and final” contract […]
Categories: Workforce
Ryan Maynus, left, of Siemens, Ohio, with from left, Stefan Tabacaru, Josephj Muscat, Matthew Harrington, Braden Howell, Courtlynn Jackson, Blake Mitchell, all freshmen at Barbers Hill High School, Mont Bellview, in the Siemens booth at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

High school students get a glimpse of the oil and gas life at OTC

Students from nearby high schools enjoyed a morning off of their regular studies to see the opportunities in oil and gas.
Categories: OTC
(LM Sixel/Houston Chronicle)

These little square stools are dominating the booth-seating options at OTC

The seating of choice this year at OTC seems to be the cube, the backless chair that is more fashionable than comfortable.
Categories: OTC

OTC Networking Tips: Engage on social media or get left behind

When it comes to recruiting and retaining employees, engagement is a hot word these days.