Letter: Comment insulting to refinery workers

Monday, Feb. 8, Mr. Fields made a very presumptive and sanctimonious statement regarding refinery and tank plant workers. He stated, “Someone with no education, drug free, shows up to work on time can make big dollars at the refinery and tank plant if all they do is show up and not do drugs.”

Believe me, Mr. Fields, it takes a little bit more than that to keep your job at these facilities. Try working swing shift for 30 plus years. Try working 30 or more straight 12-hour or more shifts during a shutdown. Try going outside in soaking wet coveralls in 10-degree, windy weather, 60 feet up in the air on a tower at 3 o’clock in the morning trying to hang on to a scalding hot steam lance while trying to thaw out a frozen pipeline.

There’s also helping each other get through another long holiday weekend shift when your family is celebrating another holiday without you. Come in on your days off for safety training or refresher courses along with testing and qualification procedures. Mr. Fields has idea what makes a good Process Plant Operator. Yes, we make good money, but it is well deserved.

Only by the grace of God, a loving wife and devoted family can I say that for all of the hundreds of fellow friends that I have had the pleasure to work with and know at both the refinery and chemical plant that your statement is an insult to all of us. It is arrogance personified and I feel sorry for the employees of Innovative Packaging that have to work for such a person.

Paul E. Hilden



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