Local Labor Unions Voice Support for Richmond Refinery Renewal Project

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 11:51am

Press Release on Business Wires:

RICHMOND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Basic Crafts Alliance, comprised of five local labor unions including Carpenters Union Local #152, Operating Engineers Local #3, Laborers’ Union Local #324, Iron Workers Local #378 and Cement Masons Local #300, today announced their support for the Chevron Richmond Refinery Energy and Hydrogen Renewal Project.

“On behalf of the members of our unions, and particularly those many members who reside in Richmond, we are eager to have the opportunity to help build an improved refinery with updated plants and equipment,” said Willie Hicks, Business Representative of the Laborers’ Union Local #324. “In the difficult economic time we are facing, this project is exactly what is needed to put local people to work.”

The Renewal Project is expected to create more than 1,200 good-paying construction jobs and generate millions in new revenues for Richmond services including public safety, libraries and youth programs at no cost to local government or taxpayers. By updating and replacing equipment, the Renewal Project will reduce overall emissions and improve the energy efficiency and reliability of operations with no increase to the Refinery’s overall production capacity.

“Our unions are united in standing together behind this proposal,” proclaimed Sam Tang, a Richmond resident and member of Operating Engineers Local #3. “Reinvesting in the City of Richmond’s vibrant industry and workforce is vital to the future of our community and this project is exactly what we need to make a lasting investment for people like me.”

The proposal to upgrade facilities at the Richmond Refinery will enter final deliberations for approval by the Planning Commission early next month.