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Workers walk off Cheniere job site over pay raises

Published: Mar. 6, 2015 at 5:46 PM CST|Updated: May. 5, 2015 at 4:46 PM CDT
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CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Over 1,000 non-union contractors walked off the job at the Cheniere Sabine Pass facility in Cameron Parish Friday morning.

A foreman at the site, who spoke with KPLC on the condition of anonymity, said the walkout is over raises given to welders.

The foreman said the disgruntled workers include pipe fitters, electricians and iron workers. The workers are employed by Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc., which was contracted by Cheniere to build the facility.

The foreman said the welders received a $5 per hour raise this week and the other workers received nothing.

"A welder will make $36 per hour for normal time, that is unheard of. That's double-time or turnaround money," the foreman said. "A general foreman, the welder's boss, is making $36."

Bechtel allegedly said the welders received the raise because the company has been unable to hire more welders.

The foreman said the disgruntled workers were told to either return to the job site or go home by Bechtel.

Some of the workers returned to the job while some did not, according to the foreman.

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