USW Local 13-2001, formerly Gulf Coast Industrial Workers Union, was organized in 1963 out of the desire for a voice that would insure respect, dignity and fair treatment, along with good pay and benefits and safe working conditions.
USW Local 13-2001 is the largest Union at the ExxonMobil Chemical Plant and Refinery in Baytown, Texas representing operations, instrument, lab and mechanical employees. The Local was chartered in 1963 as Gulf Coast Industrial Workers Union (GCIWU) representing the workers in the Production and Maintenance Departments of Humble Oil & Refining. In 2000, the Baytown Employees Federation (BEF) (Lab & Clerical Workers) affiliated with GCIWU. Then, in 2001 GCIWU affiliated with the Paper, Allies-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Worker's International Union (PACE) to become GCIWU PACEIU Local 4-2001. In 2005, PACE affiliated with the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber and Maufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers Union (USW) to become USW Local 13-2001. On October 16, 2008, the Membership voted to join the National Oil Bargaining Program.
Our Union Contract was secured by working men and women like you, who came together, organized our local and secured a written agreement with ExxonMobil.
With our Union contract we enjoy agreed upon wage increases, benefits and working conditions and most importantly, a just cause provision that guarantees us due process and just cause for discipline. The local Union elects a bargaining committee, who, with the solid support of each local member, negotiates and secures our contract. Every dollar in your paycheck, every benefit and the good working conditions you now enjoy were won by your fellow co-workers. Without it the employer could selectively decide who received wage increases and who didn’t, change our level of benefits without notice and treat us as employees-at-will that could be discharged without cause.
Our work is not limited to our contract. We also elect shop stewards to solve daily problems at work. We are also active in the community and political affairs to make life better for working people. Local 13-2001 is an affiliate of the United Steelworkers International Union that provides broad programs in collective bargaining, health and safety, education, organizing, political action, insurance, pensions, and employee assistance programs to accomplish our objectives. Our International Representative, Richard “Hoot” Landry is also available to provide experience, expertise and guidance in all areas of industrial relations.
Other benefits to becoming a Union member are the right to vote on any matter that comes before the Union for balloting, to have a voice at Union meetings, to receive the International newsletter, to participate in the Union scholarship program, to serve on Union committees and to lease the Union Hall for personal use.
The Union Hall is located at 311 S. Highway 146, Baytown, Texas. The Union employs an Office Manager, Pamela Ayala, who has been with us for 23 years. Pamela is also a Notary Public if you need a Notary just call her at the Union Hall.
Union Membership Meetings take place at the Union Hall on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 5:30 p.m. You can reach the Union hall at 281-427-1024.
The current membership is approximately 700, most of whom are Process Technicians. Two other Unions represent employees at the Baytown facilities: the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 1051 (IAM), which represents machinists; and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 527 (IBEW), which represents electricians.
Our success is not the result of an individual effort, but of working people coming together to make life better for ourselves and our families. We encourage you to join our Union family and become a proud member of USW Local 13-2001.
Some benefits to being a Union member is you have the ability to rent the Union Hall for personal events and children of members are able to apply for scholarships that are awarded each year. For more information on becoming a member, located your Union Steward or call the Union Hall.