In local news:

The United Steelworkers union, which is currently at the helm of a national strike of refinery workers, announced that it will expand its action by launching a work stoppage tonight at midnight at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. This refinery, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, produces more than 600,000 barrels per day. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at Motiva’s two Louisiana refineries in Convent and Norco as well as at the Shell Chemical plant in Norco. This latest move comes on the heels of a rejected offer from lead industry negotiator Shell, which USW claims failed to increase safety in “enforceable” ways.

Read the release from USW here.

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