Refinery to hire non-union workers for turnaround

For generations, the Lima Refinery routinely relied on Local Union workers for its annual maintenance turnaround — repairing and replacing worn out parts, pumps and equipment to ensure the plant continues production and avoids costly shutdowns.

In operation for over 135 years, the Ohio plant was acquired by Canadian-based Cenovus Energy in January. The new owners told building trades leaders they planned to bring in 3,000 out-of-town non-union workers to do the turnaround — an unprecedented move considering multiple generations of union families in Lima have consistently performed the turnaround work. Continue reading

Better firestop installation and inspection can save lives

About 57 percent of people killed in fires are not in the room of the fire’s origin, according to the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook.

Firewalls are designed to protect against the spread of fire from one room to another, but if there are holes in the firewall, such as a hole drilled to install fiber optic wire for example, the wall becomes compromised. Continue reading

Workers face increased risk for heat exhaustion and death

In the last decade, at least 384 workers have died from environmental heat exposure, according to an NPR/Columbia Journalism School investigation. Now, a report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) stated outdoor workers could face four times as many days with hazardous heat if climate change is not soon addressed.

Peter Dooley, Safety and Health Senior Project Coordinator for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why more needs to be done to protect workers laboring in hot and dry conditions, and how the most effective protective measures against heat death are simple. Continue reading

Rebuilding and connecting central Ohio through infrastructure

The recent apartment collapse in Florida is the latest sign of crumbling buildings and infrastructure throughout the U.S. Without proper funding and attention, many bridges and roads may face a similar fate.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager is optimistic a federal infrastructure bill will pass soon. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the building collapse, infrastructure and more. Continue reading

Iron Workers focus on falls during National Safety Stand-Down week

With National Safety Stand-Down Week taking place May 3 through 7, there is an increased focus on preventing safety hazards in the construction and other physical labor industries.

Working from great heights everyday causes ironworkers to face deadly hazards on the job. Iron Workers District Representative and Safety and Health Department Wayne Creasap highlighted ways to eliminate safety hazards for ironworkers and others on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

NFLPA President talks player safety and starting the season amidst a pandemic

The common person sees a union and they think of the workers manufacturing cars, building skyscrapers and working in schools. Today on America’s Work Force Union Podcast, National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) President and Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter discussed the workings of the NFLPA and how they came to an agreement on playing a season amidst a global pandemic. Continue reading