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Letter to our Communities from President & CEO Dan Romasko
Dear Motiva Neighbors and Friends,
As Motiva approaches the one week mark since our represented employees were ordered to strike, I would like to take a moment to recognize the extraordinary efforts of all those impacted by this event. It is difficult to express how proud I am of the professional manner and competence our employees, both those who were going on strike and those remaining in the facility, displayed during the handover and subsequent operations this past week.
I also realize the consequences of this ongoing strike extend beyond our fence lines and have a real impact on our employees’ families.
Our primary focus remains the safety and health of our employees, community and the environment. Our contingency and business continuity plans utilize fully trained and qualified Motiva employees to operate safely and reliably.
While our contingency plans prepared us for a work stoppage, it is certainly not something we desired. Rest assured, however, that we will not waste this rare opportunity for our leadership and technical teams to focus deeply into the operation and maintenance of our facilities. With fresh eyes, we are looking at our systems, processes and equipment and discovering areas for improvement. As difficult as this time is, it is a unique situation from which we can learn and subsequently use this knowledge to better ourselves and our company.
We recognize these are also difficult times for our colleagues who were ordered to strike, and we are thinking of them. Some have already chosen to return to work, where they were welcomed back. As you know, our refineries operate in right-to-work states, where employees have the right to strike as well as the right not to strike. It’s an individual choice and we respect their decisions.
Before concluding this note, I’d like to address an inaccurate rumor you may have heard recently which implies Motiva will terminate returning workers once the strike has concluded. While I will not speculate on the source of this rumor, I can assure you that it is false. Motiva is thankful for the support of our neighbors and community and we look forward to a mutually satisfactory agreement. Until then, we will continue to operate safely and reliably to deliver quality products to our customers who depend upon us.
Dan Romasko, President & CEO