WEBINAR – Fossil Fuel Layoff: When a Bay Area refinery closes

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“Oil and gas workers are highly skilled, hard-working experts who have so much to offer in emerging clean industries. We recognize the need for this nationwide change, and we want to be a part of it — but we can’t do it alone.”
- Tracy Scott, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

12 noon Pacific via Zoom

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Join us Wednesday, June 14 from 12:00-1:00 for a zoom webinar

Our report Fossil Fuel Layoff documents the difficult post-layoff situation of California fossil fuel workers in the aftermath of the 2020 closure of the Marathon Martinez oil refinery in Contra Costa County. It provides a first-of-its-kind case study of the perils and needs of workers in the state’s changing energy landscape. Join us for a conversation to discuss the lessons from the report on how to center and support workers and communities as we transition away from fossil fuels into a greener economy.


Virginia Parks

Report co-author, professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, and faculty director of the UCI Labor Center.

Tracy Scott

President of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5, which represented workers laid off at the facility.

Josh Sonnenfeld

California Economic Development Transition Strategist, BlueGreen Alliance


Jessie Hammerling

Co-director of the Green Economy Program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center


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