PA AFL-CIO Reaction To Trainer Oil Refinery

May 01, 2012, 12:33 ET from Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Monroe Energy, LLC has agreed to acquire ConocoPhillips' Delaware County complex that includes pipelines and transportation for the delivery of jet fuel to Delta's operations throughout the Northeast.

As much of Southeastern Pennsylvania fell under a damp and dreary day, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale remarked, "I see blue skies ahead," when discussing the breaking news regarding the sale and continued operation of the Trainer, PA oil refinery that was purchased today by Delta Airlines from ConocoPhillips.

"It's hard to imagine brighter news for the workers and the entire community surrounding the facility. We applaud all those involved in completing the deal that preserves more than 5,000 jobs at the Trainer facility and in related industries," said Bloomingdale.

"Like the mythical Phoenix, this refinery rises again to continue being an important economic staple of Southeastern Philadelphia," added Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder. "And it couldn't come at a more opportune time, as the recovery remains sluggish. This is a fine testament to the members of the first-class workforce who have dedicated much of their careers to operating a world-class refinery, represented by the United Steelworkers, complimented by the many building trades workers at the site."

SOURCE Pennsylvania AFL-CIO