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President - Ricky Brooks

Ricky was hired in 1999 and has worked at ExxonMobil at the Lubes Control Center in the Dewaxing Section.  He has served as Steward in Dewaxing, was on the 2003 & 2010 Negotiations Committee, 2011 Clerical Negotiations,  has severed on the Job Security Committee and Permit Consolidation Team, on the Worker Permit Advisory Group, served on the L.P.S. Core Team and the O.P.E. Core Team/Trainer. Ricky has also served on the Union’s Finance Committee and as Process Vice President. In May of 2010 Ricky was appointed to fill Ken Evans’ position as Union President where he gladly serves today.

Ricky’s goals for the Union are to be a part of making a change for the better in regards to our overall working environment. A key issue on this path includes but not limited to adding job security language to our contract.  He would like to see us put together a grievance system that is effective and can get issues resolved at the lowest level.  Ricky is a Union Advocate, but more importantly he is an Employee Advocate. Ricky believes that working for and with the people gives the Union the knowledge necessary to mobilize and pursue better working conditions which will enhance the quality of people’s life, which enhances the communities in which we work and live in and raise our families in,  thus enhancing the America that labor built.  Labor and the labor movement is a vital part of our history and it is Ricky’s goal to bring this way of thinking and moving out of the history books and into the 21st Century so that the workers who follow behind after our careers are complete have the same or better opportunities.

His personal goals are to become more educated on past labor issues here in Baytown.  He wants to learn and become well versed in the strategies used by Unions to represent all members in a exemplarily and consistent manner. Ricky wants to continue to work within our union to achieve our goals while also gaining the respect of all his peers. Ricky’s belief is that as a Union we have 3 critical questions to ask prior to every decision. 1) Are we protecting and/or giving up on something those before us fought for an rightfully won? 2) Are we addressing the issues of the current membership and are those concerns and issue reflective of the majority?  3) Are we creating a better future for the workers that come to work after we retire?

Ricky has been married to his beautiful wife Stephanie for 25 years.  They have three great kids, Taylor (daughter) age 24, a senior at the University of Texas, Cole (son) age 21 and Hannah age 11. 

Process Vice President - Chris Baker

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Lab Vice President - Melissa Boswell

Melissa Boswell is currently the Lab Vice-President.  She has been employed by Exxon for 21 years.  She has 14 years experience in the Chemical Plant Lab (including 2 years as a contractor) and for the last 9 years has been housed at the Refinery Lab.  Melissa served on the 2010, 2013 and 2016 Negotiating Committee.

Melissa has a 27 year old son, James Ryan. 

Chemical Vice President - Mike Kovalcik
Chemical Vice President - Mike Kovalcik

Mike was born in Baytown and has lived here his entire life.  He has worked for Exxon for the past 25 years, since he was 24.  Mike has been a member of this union since he hired in.  He was a Steward for 2 years, was then elected to a Trustee position, where he served for 1 year, before assuming the role of Treasurer in 2007 until 2017 when he resigned as Treasurer to fullfill the duties of the Chemical Plant Vice-President.  

Mike was hired in 1990 into the CEA area of the old Basic Chemical division (now Olefins and Aromatics – O&A) of the Chemical Plant.  In 1993, the CEA was merged with the NRU area to form UCO (Unicorn).  In 1995, Mike transferred to the LPU area of Basic Chemicals, and worked there for 8 years, 6 years as a console operator.  In 2003, the LPU was also merged with the UCO (so he is literally right back where he started).  Mike decided to get more involved in our union after job post reductions in the UCO area left them with almost half of the job post they had in 1993. 

Secretay - Alisha Hill
Secretay - Alisha Hill

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Treasurer - Brian Remkes

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Health & Safety - Craig Thorton-Wright

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Office Manager - Pamela Ayala

Pamela has been employed with the Union for 24 years. She is responsible for running the day to day business, assisting officers, stewards and members with a wide variety of issues which includes the  raising money for the Union Scholarship Program and she heads up the Union Relay for Life Team every year raising money for the American Cancer Society.

Pamela is married to her high school sweetheart, Pete. She has a son, Jan Michael age 34 and a daughter Sarah age 25.  She has two beautiful granddaughters ages 5 and 3 years old. She was the Treasurer for the Baytown IAAP (International Association for Administrative Professionals) Chapter for 9 years.

Pamela has been involved with the Bay Area Relay or Life since 2002.  She has walked in the 39.3 mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for 2 years in a row. In April of 2017 her granddaughter was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic so her a new passion is raising money for Juvenile Diabetes Awareness. 

Pamela enjoys hanging out at the beach, camping, fishing, watching movies and bicycling. One of her greatest joys is spending time outdoors with her family.  She is die-hard Astros, Rockets and Cowboys fan.

In 2018 she was on the committee of 5 that started the very first Bark for Life in Baytown and they raised over $10,000 for cancer research.

USW Local 13-2001
311 S. Highway 146
Baytown, Texas 77520 
Phone: PH: (281) 427-1024 FAX: (281) 427-0629

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