The stalled global oil sector has prompted BP to announce layoffs at its Whiting Refinery. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report up to 80 salaried employees could lose their jobs. The publication calls it the refinery’s largest layoff in 17 years.
In a statement published by The Times, BP spokesman Michael Abendhoff said "at this time, we expect a workforce reduction in the range of 50 to 80 salaried employees. The announcement today does not include the represented hourly and salaried workforce. BP will comply with its collective bargaining commitments."
United Steelworkers District 7 Director Mike Millsap told the publication cuts would also hit contractors, but not the union steelworkers operating the refinery.
The facility employs some 1,850, plus hundreds of maintenance contractors.
You can connect to more about the layoffs from The Times of Northwest Indiana.