Speedway Boycott Exposes Marathon Corporation's Poor Labor Practices

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jenn Hathaway
Sunday, March 28, 2021


SAINT PAUL, MN - The Saint Paul Building Trades announced a boycott of Speedway gas stations to call attention to the labor practices of parent company Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

“Marathon’s decision to replace skilled local tradesmen and women with out-of-state workers who clearly lack the same training and local experience suggests that the company has put profits over the livelihoods of local workers and the safety of surrounding communities,” said Joe Fowler, business manager of LIUNA Local 563. “We ask Minnesotans to join our boycott of Speedway to tell Marathon they need to use the most skilled, safe and experienced refinery workers available. Those people are right here in town.”

The boycott was launched last week, with workers alerting Minnesotans to the boycott by holding banners at eight Speedway gas stations, with plans to expand to additional locations in the coming weeks.

The boycott campaign this week launched a digital advertising campaign and a new website Minnesotans can visit the website and sign-up to join the boycott on Speedway.

“Management at Marathon has replaced skilled local workers with out-of-state contractors. Replacing local refinery workers with decades of experience could end up exposing workers and the community to potential safety hazards,” said Jason George, Business Manager of IUOE Local 49. “We ask all Minnesotans to stand with us and boycott Speedway to send a message to Marathon that Minnesota cares about its local workforce and expects the highest standards of safety for workers and the local community.”

“I was proud of what I accomplished at the Saint Paul Park refinery before management replaced people like me with out-of-state contractors,” said Jimmy John, a member of Pipefitters Local 455. “Maybe Marathon just wants to hire cheaper labor, but these are dangerous jobs, and it takes a lot of training and experience to do it right and keep everyone safe. Minnesotans should send a message to Speedway and Marathon - don’t replace local workers who know how to do the job safely.”

Photos of workers holding banners
Examples of the digital creative

Workers holding banners at Speedway gas stations on Sunday 7am-3pm:
4740 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis
3235 White Bear Ave. N, White Bear Lake
1551 Woodlane Dr, Woodbury

Sunday and Monday 11:00-3:30
7570 10th St. N., Oakdale
1771 Old Hudson Rd, St. Paul
7162 East Point Douglas Rd. South, Cottage Grove
1624 Hastings Ave, Newport