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Biggest U.S. Oil Workers Strike Since 1980 Enters Second Day
02-03-2015, 03:04 AM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(Bloomberg) -- The strike by oil workers at plants accounting for 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity entered a second day Monday in the biggest walkout since 1980. Crude futures gained.

The United Steelworkers union that represents employees at more than 200 refineries, terminals, pipelines and chemical plants stopped work Sunday at nine sites after failing to agree on a renewed labor contract. The union rejected five offers made by Royal Dutch Shell Plc on behalf of companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. since talks began Jan. 21.

The USW hasn’t called a strike nationally since 1980, when a stoppage lasted three months. While only one of the nine plants has curbed production amid the stoppage, a full walkout of USW workers would threaten to disrupt as much as 64 percent of U.S. fuel output. Shell and union officials began negotiations amid the biggest collapse in oil prices since 2008.

“If the strike escalates, that would be detrimental to the oil price,” David Lennox, a resource analyst at Fat Prophets in Sydney, said by phone. “It will put high U.S. production out on the market and there is nowhere for it to go.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2...since-1980
02-03-2015, 03:09 AM #2
SpiritMasonChazz Member
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We have had good low gas prices in the USA for a few months now . I might have to park my monster truck and fire up my motorcycle again soon.
02-03-2015, 03:23 AM #3
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(02-03-2015, 03:09 AM)SpiritMasonChazz Wrote:  We have had good low gas prices in the USA for a few months now . I might have to park my monster truck and fire up my motorcycle again soon.

If the refineries are going down, there could be a problem yes. We just filled our furnace oil tank @ 0.95c/litre. cheapest it's been in years. cheers.gif

What I don't get is why the unions are rocking the boat when the industry is dropping employees like flies and R&D is all but cut out of budgets. Bad timing or ...?
02-03-2015, 03:49 AM #4
SpiritMasonChazz Member
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Its a game about the Canadian refinery pipe line to the USA proposal .
Obumer is trying to kill it because America & Canada would get some new good jobs and help both economy's.
02-03-2015, 04:04 AM #5
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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The opposition to that pipeline is pretty active, the proposed route runs over some major US fresh water aquifers. Also, Alberta crude is bitumen and quite heavy, expensive to refine. If there were a disruption in delivery (aka massive oil spill) it would be devastating. Northern Gateway has had big spills in the US before and blown off accountability. They're doing their damndest to run pipelines across some very pristine BC coastlines too. A refinery in BC would create jobs and pipelines already exist to carry the refined crude to Vancouver, but there's way more money to be made by polluting the Pacific.
02-03-2015, 04:10 AM #6
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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On the left is what Northern Gateway says is Kitimat harbor. On the right, what Kitimat Harbor is.

İmage
02-03-2015, 04:22 AM #7
SpiritMasonChazz Member
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looks to be a big money mess with a bigger environment mess potential.
Lots more to come on this subject I bet on what or no deal.
02-03-2015, 08:13 PM #8
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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New info on this that sort of brings it together. Seems the plants on strike (and the ones shutting down) are in maintenance shut-down
http://gcaptain.com/oil-workers-strike-s...reakdowns/
So the USW union members are on strike and the company brings in scabs to fill their positions during scheduled maintenance. The company pays scabs (1/3 the cost), the union looks like it's doing something for it's members, and the union members, desperate to keep their jobs in $45/bbl economy, agree to anything.
Fuking dirty by union and management.
02-03-2015, 08:17 PM #9
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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hug.gif Hej Shadow! That throws a little clarity on that situation. gaah.gif

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02-03-2015, 08:22 PM #10
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Hej JR, how are you doing? hug.gif

Perfect timing to demolish joe sixpack sad2.gif
02-03-2015, 08:35 PM #11
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Okay so far, was suffering extreme jet lag but, tis a wee bit better now.

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02-03-2015, 08:51 PM #12
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(02-03-2015, 08:35 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Okay so far, was suffering extreme jet lag but, tis a wee bit better now.

You were in transit too long. hug.gif
02-03-2015, 11:39 PM #13
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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This idea just struck me as ironic. So the US creates all these wars, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Yemen, Libya, now Syria.

And they're successful!! Yes! They get all these resources, but. Now they have to rebuild the infrastructure of these countries they destroyed. So what do they do? They sell these resources on the world market! And what is the ONE resource all these countries have? Why it's crude oil of course.

Just trying to follow the money.
02-04-2015, 01:42 AM #14
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Always. yup.gif

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