Following last Wednesday's shareholders' meeting, Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC) has announced that its "Say-On-Pay" was defeated by the largest margin so far this year at an S&P 500 company. Following a Teamster-led "Vote No" campaign, 70% of shares opposed the company's executive compensation -- a pay structure headlined by a $6 million restricted stock award paid to the former Chairman and CEO, Gary Heminger, six weeks after he had retired as CEO and a day before he stepped down as chair.
"With the recent announcement of an overwhelming say-on-pay defeat at Marathon Petroleum, shareholders sent an emphatic message to the company's Board of Directors – stop rewarding executives with lavish pay packages that are both unwarranted when measured by performance and out-of-touch with reality at what is going on within the company," said Ken Hall, International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer. "Marathon investors are not impressed with the golden parachutes the company provides its executives, the 379:1 CEO to median employee pay ratio, and the risks the company has created by jeopardizing safety at its St. Paul Park refinery by locking out its workers. Placing workers, the community, and the environment at undue risk is a clear ESG failure reflected in the vote."
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