Suit blames Marathon for failing to pay replacement workers during strike

John Suayan Jan. 3, 2016, 6:00pm


Marathon Petroleum Company LP is facing a lawsuit from a group of workers who claimed the defendant failed to pay them for working during the United Steelworkers-led strike at its Galveston Bay refinery earlier this year, recent Galveston County District Court records show.

Attorney Scott Newar of the Law Office of Scott Newar in Houston filed the suit on behalf of plaintiffs Craig Ayers, Emil Adams, Willy Buchan, Rolo Garza and Adam Vidale in the Galveston County 212th District Court on Dec. 28.

The complaint explains that MPC responded to the aforementioned strike, which lasted 140 days, by bringing in workers nominally employed by other companies, including Instrumentation & Electrical Specialist LLC.

IES, also a defendant in the case, reportedly employed Ayers, Adams, Buchan, Garza and Vidale.

“To induce the IES employees to work at MPC’s Galveston Bay refinery during the United Steelworkers’ strike, Marathon—through IES—orally promised to pay the IES employees—including the named plaintiffs—$200.00/day ‘hazard pay’ in addition to their regular wages,” the original petition says.

“Unfortunately, after the IES employees performed their work, MPC and IES completely reneged on their promise and refused to pay them their earned ‘hazard pay.’”

Consequently, the plaintiffs seek unspecified monetary damages.

Galveston County 212th District Court Case No. 15-CV-1358

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