Walmart workers back locked-out Marathon oil workers

By Rebecca Williamson
May 31, 2021

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Workers at the Walmart store where I work have organized to win support for locked-out oil refinery workers half way across the country. Members of Teamsters Local 120 at the Marathon Petroleum refinery in St. Paul Park, Minnesota, have been locked out since Jan. 22. The bosses are demanding job subcontracting that jeopardizes worker and community safety in a plant that uses lethal hydrofluoric acid. The three-week collection, led by several workers who have collaborated in solidarity actions, raised $344 from over 30 co-workers off the clock. As one co-worker said as he handed over $20, “We might need their help someday.”