Two union groups representing Crowley Maritime Services are campaigning to stop Alyeska Pipeline Service Company from signing a new contract with Edison Chouest, which would end Crowley’s services with the Alyeska Pipeline.
The operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline is proposing to drop Florida-based Crowley and hire on Edison Chouest, a transportation solutions company that would bring a lot of expertise and new equipment to the projects, according to an Alyeska spokeswoman.
Crowley claims to have decades of experience working in the harsh Alaskan conditions and believes Alyeska Pipeline is giving up safety and many Alaska jobs for uncertain cost savings.
The Alyeska Pipeline spokeswoman responded saying Edison Chouest will be expected to meet a requirement for contractors of 20 percent Alaska native hire and will be closely monitored to make sure it meets all requirements of the spill plan.
The union groups have launched television advertisements encouraging the public to contact Alyeska. Their goal is to reach 5,000 signatures on a petition in order to retain Crowley Maritime Services.
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