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. […]
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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

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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The oil downturn is good for one sector of the industry: Automated drilling equipment makers

Manufacturers of automated drilling and down-hole equipment, sensors and oil field monitoring devices say they’re getting more equipment orders and more oil executives are swinging by their booths to talk about replacing drilling processes once run by technicians with automated tools.

At OTC, recruiter says layoffs could climb by 20,000, but job market could return in 2016

“If you’re coming out of graduate school this year with a fantastic degree in the oil sector, I’d probably wait a year and go on vacation. In a year’s time, it will all be back again,” Swift Worldwide Resources CEO Tobias Read said.
Juan Alonzo-Miranda with his service dog Goldie in front of their  San Antonio home. San Antonio Express-News

Schlumberger wants service-dog verdict tossed

Jurors on March 23 directed the company to pay Iraq War veteran Juan Alonzo-Miranda almost $28,600
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Despite the recent price downturn, the oil industry still offers promising career opportunities.

Oil business still offers job prospects, exec says at OTC

Opportunities abound in the oil and gas industry, the current price slump notwithstanding, an executive told young professionals at OTC.
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A group of idle rigs is seen behind James Noe, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Hercules Offshore while aboard the Hercules 251 a shallow water drilling rig owned by on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, near Port Fourchon, La. (Smiley N. Pool /Chronicle)

Hercules Offshore has cut 40 percent of workforce amid low oil

The CEO of rig contractor Hercules Offshore says the firm’s global workforce has been cut by nearly 40 percent this year as it wrestles with sunken oil prices. It had 1,800 employees at the end of 2014.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Weatherford increases job cuts to 10,000

The world’s No. 4 oil field services firm, based in Switzerland but with main offices in Houston, posted a net loss of $118 million in the first quarter, or a loss of 15 cents a share, compared with a loss of $41 million, or 5 cents a share, in the same period last year.

Nabors has laid off thousands in 2015, including more than 40 percent of its drilling unit employees

The firm booked a $123.6 million profit in the first quarter, or 43 cents a share, up from $50 million, or 17 cents a share, in the same period the year before.
Baker Hughes says its AutoTrak Curve rotary steerable system allows faster and more accurate drilling operations. Technologies provided by Baker Hughes and other oil field services companies are increasing the number of wells drilling rigs can bore, prompting a new look at historically useful measures of oil field productivity -- including the rig count Baker Hughes has published for decades. (Miller Photography Inc.)

Baker Hughes increases layoffs to 10,500

Oil field service company Baker Hughes says it has decided to increase its job cuts to 10,500 workers, about 17 percent of its workforce, as it works through a slump in North American drilling.