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Oil prices force Vallourec to reduce workforce, hours in 2015

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YOUNGSTOWN – France-based company Vallourec announced plans to reduce its workforce due to low oil prices. The parent company of Vallourec Star, 2669 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., made the announcement in its financial earnings for 2014 report that was released Tuesday. Vallourec is an international company that sells tubular products for the oil and gas industry, power generation and ...

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Eagle Ford driller hiring not firing?

While every other energy-related business is slashing budgets and dishing out pink slips, Texas International Resources (TIR) is going against the grain by looking at the current oil and gas market as a time to invest. Houston-based CBS affiliate KHOU recently reported on the planned expansion of Texas International. The Dallas company has drilling operations in the Eagle Ford fields, ...

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Union chief says U.S. refinery strike could spread

HOUSTON – The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years could spread if talks over improved safety conditions do not resume soon, United Steelworkers union (USW) International President Leo Gerard said on Tuesday. A total of 6,550 USW members are on strike at 15 plants, including 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of U.S. capacity. Union members work at more than ...

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Archer to cut nearly 1,000 jobs

Oilfield service company Archer Ltd. announced in its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report that it will be cutting nearly 1,000 employees despite reporting a fourth-quarter revenue increase of 15 percent year over year. Archer, a Bermuda-based company, conducts its U.S. operations in Houston. The 1,000 employees being cut account for 11 percent of Archer’s workforce. Archer employed about 8,800 people ...

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USW workers rally at BP Whiting Refinery

WHITING – BP Whiting Refinery employees have worked grueling 24-hour shifts, and worry that fatigued workers — or ill-trained contractors stepping in for them — will endanger lives. United Steelworker union members, who have been on strike in Whiting since Feb. 8, rallied outside the sprawling refinery Thursday to call for safer working conditions and less oppressive schedules. Younger Next ...

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Florida’s surging construction industry faces worker shortage

TAMPA – Since joining his father’s construction crew when he was 16, Casey Ellison has ridden 21 years of Florida building booms and busts. This time, though, the recovery is playing out a different way. As both commercial and residential development picks up, construction managers are having a hard time filling their crews, particularly subcontractors like electricians, plumbers, drywallers and ...

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Chevron to move 100 jobs from its San Ramon headquarters to Houston

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SAN RAMON – Chevron has announced it will move 100 jobs from its San Ramon corporate headquarters to Houston this year. The jobs, in the oil giant’s human resources department, are non-union and currently are based at the Chevron Park campus, at 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road, the company said. Chevron also owns and operates a petroleum refinery in Richmond. “Please ...

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As pink slips mount, roughnecks cry foul

A roughneck from Abilene claims in a federal lawsuit that Patterson-UTI in Midland laid off him and 200 other rig hands earlier this month without the 60 days notice required by federal employment law. The suit states James Hanks found work as a roughneck in 2013 with Patterson-UTI in Midland, working on a rig for two weeks at a time, ...

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Drop in oil prices leaves roughnecks at loose ends

DALLAS — The drive from Ken Mercer’s home in Tennessee to the oil fields of western North Dakota takes 20 hours if you drive straight through. Every month, Mercer, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, would make the trip as part of his two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off hitch with the Houston oilfield services company Patterson-UTI. Rotating 12-hour shifts aboard a drilling ...

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