Greenpeace USA joins USW Local 5, expanding its picket to water to demand a fair contract from Chevron

by Katie Nelson

April 29, 2022

"Fossil fuel executives and their lobbyists have maintained their dominance by pretending to have the best interest of workers and communities at heart."

© Nick Otto / Greenpeace

Richmond, California This morning, activists with Greenpeace USA will join the picket line led by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5 union members, expanding it from land into the San Francisco Bay. Nearly 500 workers from Chevron’s Richmond refinery have been on strike for over a month as they fight for a new labor contract from Chevron’s leadership.

Photos and video can be accessed here by 10 a.m. Pacific Time.  

B.K. White, Vice President of USW Local 5, said: 

“This is not only a strike. This is a movement of working people rising up to challenge a corporation.”

Tefere Gebre, Chief Program Officer at Greenpeace USA, said:

“This a message to Chevron and corporations everywhere – when workers are battling executives for their fair share, Greenpeace USA will be standing alongside. Workers shouldn’t have to go on strike to get a fair contract from greedy fossil fuel companies making record profits. They deserve to be heard.

“Fossil fuel executives and their lobbyists have maintained their dominance by pretending to have the best interest of workers and communities at heart. That’s why we’re out here floating with fossil fuel workers. The only way we can break these companies’ stranglehold on our wallets, our communities, and the planet is by standing together in the call for a livable future.”

The escalation comes on the same day that Chevron is expected to announce massive Q1 profits during its quarterly earnings call. A press call with climate and frontline leaders’ reactions to the earnings announcement will be hosted on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. PT/ 12:30 p.m. ET. Dial-In: 877-229-8493 PIN: 121209.



For day-of media, please find Greenpeace USA and USW Local 5 spokespeople, respectively, at Gate 14 at the Richmond Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California.

For on the ground interviews from the picket, please contact:

Katie Nelson, Senior Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA: +1 (678) 644-1681, [email protected]

Off site media contact:

Tyler Kruse, Senior Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA: +1 (808) 741-2791, [email protected]

Katie Nelson

By Katie Nelson

Katie Nelson is a Senior Communications Specialist at Greenpeace USA.

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