BEAUMONT, TEXAS, March 12 /CNW/ - News From USW: The USW announced today
it has launched a multilingual web site that will allow workers at ExxonMobil
sites around the world to communicate easily and make it easier to combine
their efforts on issues of common concern.
"This site has been a long time in the making," said USW Vice President
Gary Beevers, who leads the union's collective bargaining efforts in the oil
and gas industry, and who also is chair of the Global Network for ExxonMobil
Workers' Solidarity. "I am confident it will enhance our ability to
communicate and make this valuable network all the more effective."
The web site may be accessed at http://workersatexxonmobil.usw.org. It is
presented in five languages, English, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
"It contains key information about the company, about unions that have
relationships with it, about human rights concerns, links to union-allied
organizations concerned with the company, and a space for ExxonMobil workers
to comment," said network administrator Keith Romig.
The Global Network was developed in 2004 in partnership with the
International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine & General Workers' Unions
(ICEM). "The ICEM has been a valuable contributor to this effort," said the
USW's Joe Drexler, who directs the USW's strategic research and planning.
ExxonMobil is the world's largest multinational oil company and is in
fact the largest and most profitable privately-owned business corporation in
the world. "In the past ExxonMobil has had a reputation of being unwilling to
engage with labor and with civil society to make improvements in conditions,"
said Beevers. "However more recently the company has taken positive steps in
the right direction. We believe our network, and our ongoing dialogue with
human rights and civil society groups has played a strong positive role in
The USW is North America's largest industrial union, with 850,000 members
in the United States, Canada, and Aruba. It is the largest U.S. and Canadian
union in the energy sector.
The ICEM is a global federation of unions representing 20 million workers
in the chemical, energy, mining, paper and related sectors.
For further information:
For further information: United Steelworkers Gary Beevers,
+1-409-838-1972 Joe Drexler, +1-615-594-2074 Keith Romig, +1-615-831-6786