Billionaire Is Perplexed That Underpaid Oil Workers Are Striking

Published May 05 2021 at 2:59 AM GMT
  • Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via GettySince mid-April, the United Metro Energy facility in Brooklyn has had a squadron of oil workers stationed outside"alternating shifts so that men are there 24 hours, seven days a week'striking for better pay and benefits from the company's owner: grocery store billionaire, twice-failed mayoral candidate, and right-wing shock jock John Catsimatidis.
  • The workers, a coalition of mechanics, terminal operators, and service technicians, elected to go on strike on April 19, following years of delayed negotiations on a union contract, which they voted to form back in 2018.
  • "We are out there every single day, around the clock,' said Assaf John, who has been working as a service technician at the company for 12 years.
  • "I'm here until 3 o'clock, then we have guys coming in at 3p m, and some who are there overnight until the morning.
  • Catsimatidis told The Daily Beast by phone that the picket line was a first for him.


  • Published May 5, 2021 2:59 AM GMT