CWA Solidarity Statement with Locked-Out Teamsters at Marathon Petroleum in St. Paul Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The Communications Workers of America stand in solidarity with 200 Marathon Petroleum workers and their union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Marathon Petroleum is demanding reduced staffing levels and the ability to replace union jobs with lowest-bidder subcontractors under pressure from activist hedge fund Elliott Management to improve earnings in the refining segment. CWA knows Elliott's tactics well from its attempts to extract short-term cash from corporations where our members work, including AT&T and Frontier Communications, at the cost of family-supporting jobs and long-term investment.

Marathon’s cost cuts in its refinery business also include increasing workloads on high-intensity positions to the point where union representatives raised safety concerns for both workers and the local community.

We stand in solidarity with Teamsters workers demanding safe jobs. Marathon should end this lockout now and reject Elliott Management’s demands for harmful cost cuts.

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