Category: Workforce

Shell workers in Deer Park end strike

United Steelworkers at Shell Deer Park and Shell Chemical join employees at four Gulf Coast refineries in Louisiana and Texas who have also ended strikes.  More »

Carbo Ceramics cuts jobs, dividend as oil plunges

The Houston firm, which makes ceramic proppant used in hydraulic fracturing, didn’t say how many jobs would be cut.  More »

Oil producer Nexen cuts workforce by 400

Nexen is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, one of China’s major national oil companies.  More »

Workers in refinery strike still off the job

Local issues must be worked out and a contract ratified at each facility before employees return to work.  More »

What to do if you lose your energy job

Some experts predict upstream oil and gas job cuts in Texas could reach 50,000. An energy sector recruiter explains what laid off workers should do to boost their job prospects.  More »

UPDATE: Steelworkers, Shell reach tentative deal to end refinery strikes

The union and Shell, which is representing the industry in the talks, had been in continuous negotiations since Monday.  More »

Union, Shell in longest stretch of contract talks yet

The dispute started with nine facilities but has since expanded to 15 refineries and chemical plants nationwide.  More »

Strike talks move into third day

Negotiators from the United Steelworkers union and Shell Oil Co. met Wednesday for a third consecutive day of talks this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the discussions went into the evening hours. The talks are taking place in Houston at an undisclosed location. Negotiators are trying to resolve the strike that began Feb. 1 and […]  More »

Fitch: Prolonged refinery strike could affect gasoline supplies

Though the ongoing United Steelworkers strike hasn’t had much impact on the market for refined products yet, it could if the strike continues for much longer, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings.  More »

Union, Shell negotiators meet Monday

No details were released about the progress of the talks on Monday.  More »

Oil tool suppliers cut another 360 jobs in Texas

Baker Hughes led the pack, cutting 191 jobs last month at separate facilities in Kilgore and Snyder, Texas, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. That’s part of the firm’s plan to ax 7,000 jobs in the first quarter.  More »

Sasol cutting 1,500 jobs to cope with low oil

The firm is cutting jobs through voluntary retrenchments or early retirements, and it has stopped hiring new workers and isn’t filling vacancies for now, Sasol CEO David Constable said in written statement Monday.  More »

Steelworkers rally at Shell HQ as talks set to resume Wednesday

The marchers started at City Hall and went on to various buildings of oil companies they are battling with over labor contracts.  More »

Steelworkers fire back over unfair labor practice charges

The National Right to Work Foundation is providing legal help to three employees of LyondellBasell who filed unfair labor practice charges against the union.  More »

Oil bust threatens mortgage-backed securities in Wall Street-funded shale towns

Wall Street analysts are poring over commercial-mortgage backed securities for signs of distress as the oil crash weighs on demand for real estate in energy hubs.  More »
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