"U.S. railroads now transport 400,000 tank-car loads of oil yearly, passing through thousands of cities, towns, and communities where we live."
"We will continue the strike until we get a fair contract and a safer workplace."
The Steelworkers have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Shell as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry.
The former judge who heard the 4,016 cases in the explosion's aftermath is speaking out for the strikers.
"The miniscule number of jobs it would create are far outweighed by the enormous damage that this project creates to our health and in accelerating the climate crisis."
"We refuse to accept that fires, explosions, and working people to exhaustion are just the cost of doing this business -- these are all things that we can control."
The workers' demands center on health and safety issues, contracting jobs out to non-union workers and health care.
"Management cannot continue to resist allowing workers a stronger voice on issues that could very well make the difference between life and death for too many of them."
"Houston has the worst record in Texas, and Texas has the worst record in the nation when it comes to workplace fatalities or catastrophes."
USW members account for about 64 percent of the country's oil refining capacity, and more locations could soon join the strike if necessary.