CWA members joined the picket line in support of locked out Marathon Petroleum workers in Minnesota.
CWA stands in solidarity with 200 Marathon Petroleum workers, members of Teamsters Local 120, who have been locked out by management after a 24-hour strike on January 22 at the St. Paul Park refinery in Minnesota.
In an effort to appease the predatory hedge fund Elliott Management, Marathon Petroleum is trying to cut union jobs and contract work out to push up the company's stock prices. CWA members know Elliott's tactics well from its attempts to extract short-term cash from companies like AT&T and Frontier Communications, and they are disastrous for workers.
Marathon's other cost-cutting measures have included increasing workloads on high-intensity positions to the point where union representatives raised safety concerns for both workers and the local community. Marathon should end this lockout now and reject Elliott Management's anti-worker demands.