More Suncor workers join Unifor: This week's oil and gas jobs news

Unifor national president Jerry Dias. Image: Unifor

Here is a list of human resources highlights as appeared in the Daily Oil Bulletin for the week of Sept. 16, 2016:

ConocoPhillips carries through on layoffs

ConocoPhillips Canada laid off approximately 300 employees, as previously announced, mostly from the Calgary head office during the week ended Sept. 16, 2016.

The reasons for the layoffs include low commodity prices, the company’s inability to get production to new markets as well as increased local cost pressures such as corporate taxes, regulatory compliance costs and property taxes. The company has no further reduction plans at this time.

More Suncor workers join Unifor

Workers at the Suncor Energy Inc. East Tank Farm have voted overwhelmingly to unite with Unifor, joining 4,000 members as part of local 707A at the company’s extraction facilities in northern Alberta.

Unifor is a Canadian energy union representing over 12,000 members, including Newfoundland and Labrador offshore platform workers, Suncor workers in Alberta’s oilsands, Saskatchewan energy crown corporations’ employees, as well as workers in refineries across several provinces.

Alberta Heartland group lands interim director

The group that promotes industrial development in the Edmonton-Fort Saskatchewan area has seen a change of leadership, as Neil Shelly, executive director for nearly a decade, makes way for interim director Gordon Harris.

A long-time Fort Saskatchewan resident, Harris has began a term as interim executive director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA).

He will focus on pursuing AIHA’s key goals and carrying out a review of policies, procedures, and operational aspects, Gibbons said in a prepared statement. Harris will remain in the interim executive role while a search for a permanent executive director goes ahead.

Tenaris recalls employees at Algoma Tubes mill

Tenaris has announced that production will resume at its Algoma Tubes seamless mill in Ontario, recalling between 120 and 150 union employees who were laid off earlier this year. Production was temporarily interrupted at the facility in March due to the impact of unfairly traded imports and a prolonged industry downturn, according to the company.

While market volatility persists, a modest improvement in Tenaris’s forecast, as well as progress in ongoing policy discussions with members of the federal and provincial government that support Canadian manufacturing drove the decision to commence operations. The company projects the mill to restart in November.

China charges former senior PetroChina, FAW Group officials

Chinese prosecutors have indicted Xu Jianyi, the former chairman of state-owned FAW Group Corp., on corruption charges, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sept. 14.

Former PetroChina vice-chairman Liao Yongyuan has also been charged with graft. It was not immediately possible to contact Xu or Liao and it was not clear whether they had legal representation.

Paul Ziff leaves natural gas consultancy

Next month, industry veteran Paul Ziff will leave the Calgary-based oil and gas consulting business he spent more than three decades building.

Before being taken over in July 2013 by U.S. firm Solomon Associates LLC, Ziff Energy Group was an icon in Western Canada’s natural gas industry. Although neither engineer nor scientist, Ziff built a career on technical analysis and producer cost studies, initially focusing on Western Canada, but later, across North America and worldwide.

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