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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

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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.
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Steelworkers, Marathon Petroleum reach tentative deal for Texas City refinery

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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

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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. […]
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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. About 3,800 steelworkers began a strike Feb. 1 at refineries from California to Kentucky, saying that negotiations with Shell Oil Co. had broken down. Shell is negotiating the national contract for other oil companies.   (AP Photo/The Independent, Kevin Goldy)

Marathon workers to vote on labor pact Monday

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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 […]
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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

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

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

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The seating of choice this year at OTC seems to be the cube, the backless chair that is more fashionable than comfortable.
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OTC Networking Tips: Engage on social media or get left behind

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When it comes to recruiting and retaining employees, engagement is a hot word these days.
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OTC Networking Tips: Take time to gaze at the business cards you get

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When you’re at a big event, it’s human nature to look for people you already know. But it’s important to get outside your comfort zone.
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Spotlight on New Technology awards at the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Monday, May 4, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

OTC panel: Women need to ask for better jobs in a male-dominated industry

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Men do not have much difficulty asking for a better job even if they only have 20 percent of the qualifications, said Christina Sistrunk, vice president of Arctic capability for Shell.
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Baker Hughes to recent grads: If you want to succeed, you have to be candid

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Lots of new professionals are more timid than they should be, said Rick Fowler, vice president of deepwater projects for LLOG Exploration.