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Regulatory oversight weak in aftermath of Texas City oil plant blast

But OSHA is so short-staffed, say the Steel Workers who represent the workers at Texas City that an average U.S. refinery would get a PSM inspection once every 120 years.

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The BP Texas City oil plant blast: What’s changed and what hasn’t

Nine years ago, on March 23, 2005, the British Petroleum oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, an hour south of Houston, in so many words, blew up.

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Unions jump into the controversy over Keystone pipeline

Environmental activists, among them many union members, are escalating their protests against approval of the pipeline.

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Today in labor history: Meese tells employers to spy on workers

Ed Meese, attorney general (the main legal advisor to the government) in the Ronald Reagan administration, urged employers to begin spying on workers.

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Iraqi union leader: "War not over for our workers"

Hassan Juma'a Awad, president of the Iraq Federation of Oil Unions, was a guest at the AFL-CIO's convention where he spoke at an event organized by U.S. Labor Against the War.

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ExxonMobil threatens to lock out union workers

ExxonMobil's flat refusal to deal with safety issues at the largest refinery in the U.S. in Baytown, Texas has led the oil firm to threaten to lock out its 850 union employees.

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Union hopes $4 billion fine will force change at BP

Steelworkers Vice President Gary Beevers hopes the record fine and criminal charge pleas by British Petroleum will finally force the oil industry to take safety seriously.

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Shell starts - and pauses - Arctic drilling

Ignoring the collective outrage of environmental groups, oil giant Shell began drilling into the Arctic, boring holes 1,400 feet beneath the Chukchi Sea's floor.

Unions split on Obama Keystone pipeline turndown

Construction unions called Obama's ruling a "job killer," but at least five unions sided with environmental groups against Keystone.

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Steelworkers: Refinery closings could cause oil shortages in Northeast

The union says oil companies' closure of three big refineries in the Philadelphia area - and a plan to demolish one plant if its owner can't find a buyer - could lead to oil shortages in the Northeast.

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