Has Marathon Abandoned Local Workers?

The St. Paul Park refinery has operated safely for many decades with the help of skilled union trades workers who live and work in the area. 

But the picture changed in 2019 when Marathon Petroleum Corporation took over the facility and began replacing local workers with lower-wage, out-of-state workforce.

Marathon’s decision to abandon local workers and undercut area wage and benefit standards could cost St. Paul Park and surrounding communities millions of dollars in lost wages and economic activity. 

Worse, the replacement of personnel with decades of experience could end up exposing workers and community members to avoidable hazards.

Marathon currently owns and supplies the Speedway chain of gas stations, and will continue to provide gasoline to Speedway stores under a 15-year fuel supply agreement even after the proposed sale of the chain to the owners of 7-11. 

Please support businesses that support local workers, and let Marathon know that it’s time to abandon their failed labor strategy.

We are appealing only to the public. We are not asking any individual to cease performing any services, or to refuse to pick-up, transport, or deliver any goods.