Category: Workforce

Dresser-Rand to cut 8 percent of its workforce

Diesel engine and gas turbine maker Dresser-Rand Group is cutting 8 percent of its 8,100-employee workforce around the world in coming weeks, it said Friday, trimming operating costs as falling crude prices have crushed profits in the oil service sector.  More »

Steelworkers, Shell to speak Wednesday

On the negotiation front, it’s been a quiet week for striking oil workers and energy executives. After the United Steelworkers union added three more refineries, including the nation’s largest, and one chemical plant to the list of facilities on strike over the past weekend, there was no movement at the bargaining table this week. That […]  More »

Some contractors (unionized) not so bad, Steelworkers say

The leaders of the United Steelworkers union and the North America’s Building Trades Unions issued a joint statement Wednesday to clarify the scope of contractor responsibilities at the nation’s refineries and chemical plants.  More »

A victim of the industry downturn asks for advice

This week I answer a reader email from someone who has unfortunately been caught up in the industry’s reaction to plunging oil prices.  More »

Crestwood Equity Partners to cut jobs

The CEO of Crestwood Equity Partners told investors Tuesday the company will ax an undisclosed number of jobs as part of a effort to save $25 million to $30 million in the first half of the year as it deals with the aftereffects of falling oil prices.  More »

LyondellBasell announces CFO’s departure

Chemical maker LyondellBasell said Tuesday it will part ways with chief financial officer Karyn Ovelmen.  More »

Halliburton exec: “Boom town” costs falling amid oil slump

The service costs associated with housing and feeding employees in remote locations like the Permian Basin in West Texas and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota typically skyrocket in boom times, Halliburton President Jeff Miller said.  More »

Union is striking for safety, Steelworkers’ international head says

Improving health and safety at the nation’s refineries is the reason the United Steelworkers union is on strike, said Leo W. Gerard, international president of the union that has walked out of 15 refineries and chemical plants since launching its strike Feb. 1.  More »

Tenaris to lay off 230 in Conroe

The company attributed the move to falling oil prices that have resulted in less drilling activity.  More »

Sheffield: Midland economy will recover, maybe not as strong

The chairman and chief executive officer of Pioneer Natural Resources said during a visit to Midland last week that this is the industry’s fifth major downturn since he arrived in Midland in 1979.  More »

Texas oil tool companies cutting more than 1,100 jobs

Oil field service company Archer Ltd. says it’s cutting roughly 1,000 jobs, or 11 percent of its workforce, as it faces a sharp slowdown in drilling activity in the United States and the North Sea.  More »

Steelworkers picket outside two Louisiana refineries

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that strikers marched Sunday outside the Motiva plants in Norco and Convent.  More »

No new talks set between Shell, Steelworkers

In a negotiations update Sunday, Steelworkers officials countered that oil industry negotiators refuse to address “well-documented and widespread safety deficiencies,” and “reject our efforts to reduce excessive overtime.”  More »

Shell reveals what it says is the sticking point in labor talks

The central issue blocking a settlement is not safety, fatigue, healthcare or wages, the statement said.  More »

Steelworkers strike expands to Port Arthur and beyond

The United Steelworkers union has expanded its strike to the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur.  More »
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