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HOUSTON, (Reuters) – A former refinery worker has been appointed director for the United Steelworkers union’s (USW), district which includes Texas, Louisiana Arkansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Larry Burchfield (52), of Bacliff in Texas takes the leadership of USW District 13 over Ruben Garza who has retired.

“I look forward to working with the companies that want to work with us and supporting our membership with the ones that don’t want to work with us,” Burchfield told Reuters.

Burchfield was trained as a machinist and began work at BP (NYSE:) Plc’s Texas City, Texas, refinery in 1995, continuing at the site after it was purchased by Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:) in 2013 and renamed the Galveston Bay Refinery.

He managed to lead workers at the refinery during a five-1/2 month strike against Marathon in 2015. Burchfield was made a USW International Texas staff representative after the strike had ended.

Burchfield was appointed Garza’s assistant in 2018.

USW is a union representing workers in 19 District 13 refineries, which account for 32% national refining capacities.

USW workers also represent the district’s petrochemical and paper plants.

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