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    America's fuel and petrochemical manufacturers directly employ about 300,000 American workers and support more than 3.1 million American jobs in total when indirect employment is added.

    Refineries and petrochemical plants are a source of well-paid high-tech jobs — many of them unionized. Refinery workers earn an average hourly wage nearly 50 percent higher than the national average, and the average salary in the petrochemical industry tops $100,000.

    Unionized employment in the private sector — traditionally strong through manufacturing industries — has been falling across the United States and is now only 6.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the percentage of unionized workers in refineries and petrochemical plants is many times higher. Industrial Information Resources reports that approximately half of our members’ refineries employ union labor.

    AFPM members believe that employees are their most valuable assets and place a high value on the safety and well-being of workers.