One Happy Island between Union and Valero in Aruba


The strike by union members at Valero in Aruba has become contentious to say the least.Strike Valero has begun legal proceedings against strikers that are “misbehaving” at the main entrance. One Happy Island indeed. Now with some of the union workers crossing the picket line, this should get really interesting.

There was intimidation and the strikers damaged cars that wanted to enter the premises of Valero.  A union-member that wanted to go back to work was threatened and almost pulled out of his car.

Amigoe; December 1, 2006: Lawsuit against strikers Valero 

The strikers were nice at the beginning of the strike, but the atmosphere harshened later.

ORANJESTAD – Valero has instituted legal proceedings against the strikers that are misbehaving at the main entrance.  The lawsuit served this morning at 10:00. 

There was intimidation and the strikers damaged cars that wanted to enter the premises of Valero.  A union-member that wanted to go back to work was threatened and almost pulled out of his car.  Spokesman Davis Smith called this unacceptable behaviour and wants to stop this via court.  Boy Anthony, union leader of Iowua says that the incident with the driver was a reaction on an almost-collision with one of the strikers at the gate.  “The car almost ran into us and the driver wanted to keep on driving.  To me that is offensive.  He was therefore stopped”, said Anthony. 

Valero’s action to approach the union-members directly with a summary of the CAO-proposal as it is now seems to work.   About 15 percent of the union-members went back to work today.  Another 10 percent called Valero on the phone with questions about what would happen if they want to go back to work.  Smith mentioned that Valero has put in a taxi-service that would take the non-strikers to work.  The union was not aware yet this morning of the number of non-strikers, but expects a large turnout at the lawsuit.

Posted December 1, 2006 by
Aruba, Business, Economy, Energy | 14 comments

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  • Comments

    14 Responses to “One Happy Island between Union and Valero in Aruba”

    1. Richard on December 1st, 2006 12:10 pm

      I imagine those jobs probably offer some of the best pay and benefits that the island of Aruba has to offer, barring drug dealing. (Can any of our Aruban readers give us more information on this?)

      Just remember, guys, the job market in Aruba isn’t very promising … and won’t be getting better, far as I can see.

    2. Richard on December 1st, 2006 12:11 pm

      When I ask for information … I don’t mean about drug dealing, I mean about how Valero’s pay and benefits stack up against other options available in Aruba.

    3. Freebrid on December 1st, 2006 12:13 pm

      Oh say it ain’t so! No one in Aruba would cause voilence! And so the downward spin of the toilet is getting closer to the sh– tank!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4. dennisintn on December 1st, 2006 2:07 pm

      have they blamed this on beth yet?

    5. Mortella on December 1st, 2006 5:30 pm

      LOL @#4! Yes, I am sure it is Beth’s fault. If not hers, how about George Bush being to blame? One or the other is responsible for everything that ever happens anywhere on the planet.

      I read one Aruban once say Aruba provided most of the oil for the U.S. I do hope they were paying attention when Katrina wiped out thirty-six that’s 36 refineries to get a better grasp of their own size and scope.

      As Charles Croes says, some of them are truly lost in smallness. Doesn’t stop the braggadocio and arrogance however, not even for a missing young lady named Natalee Holloway.

      Oh, and if the refinery is running just fine with the non-union workers and just as safe, etc. guess they really don’t need the union ones in the first place and have just been wasting stockholders money.

      Can’t have it both ways.

    6. nychic on December 2nd, 2006 1:31 am

      Richard -

      If the Valero employees in Aruba are offered the
      same employee benefits package as the employees
      who work for Valero Energy Corporation in San Antonio -
      they should be doing quite well as it is known to be
      one of the very best any employer can offer -

    7. Gabriel Leo on December 2nd, 2006 6:55 am

      It’s a democratic island, everyone has the right to strike and protest for a better CAO-proposal, and besides the USW (United steel Workers)from the states is backing IOUWA up ;)

    8. Richard on December 2nd, 2006 8:54 am

      I would think so, NYChic, and what other (legitimate) industry, other than ripping off (and worse) tourists, does Aruba have to offer?

    9. nychic on December 3rd, 2006 12:29 am

      I’m not sure if you would call it an industry -
      but the times I have been to Aruba – it seemed that
      their only real draw were the windsurfing tournaments ?

      It is always very windy there – something I find
      particularly annoying on the beach –
      I don’t like sandy drinks – your hair is always blowing everywhere – sand sticking to you after swimming, etc…

      and I remember sometimes it would seem like the
      equivalent of a small sand storm !

      Gabriel Leo -

      nice to see you posting again
      how is your business doing in Aruba ?

    10. Gabriel Leo on December 3rd, 2006 7:17 am

      My business in Aruba? hahahahahaha You guys make your own stories….tell your own stories..and expect others to believe it also….sadddd…very saddddddd

    11. dennisintn on December 3rd, 2006 3:53 pm

      #6, it’s a democratically elected govt. that is resisting the efforts of the dutch police to investigate money laundering, wholesale drug shipments, funneling of terrorist funds into south america, and interfering with the investigation of natalee holloway’s disappearance. early in that investigation, the public prosecutor wanted to bring the dutch experts into the investigation but it wasn’t allowed by the aruban justice minister, rudy croes. the f.b.i. was invited in to search off-shore tips, and were never allowed to get into the water. the govt. crows about full cooperation between the f.b.i. and a.l.e. but in actuality, f.b.i. was allowed no investigatory or interrogation authority or even full access to a.l.e. files. the govt. officials of aruba have blamed the victim, lied in attempts to destroy her reputation, and done the same thing to natalee’s family.

      these actions and many, many more by the democratically elected officials of aruba are the reason that decent americans are boycotting aruba, and trying to make sure that everyone in america is aware of what kind of treatment tourists can expect if they get into trouble involving the protected residents of the island. crimes of all types against tourists are not investigated or prosecutred and the victims are always at fault.

    12. nychic on December 4th, 2006 12:12 am

      to Gabriel Leo -

      I was really not making anything up -
      I was actually being sincere -

      If I could still search the FP I would bring up your
      post where you noted that you owned a business in Aruba ?

      Maybe it was a different “Gabriel Leo” ?

      What is sad is your obvious anger – although you never
      really post a reason for your change in attitude ?

      I apologize if I have angered you further
      I just felt like you had previously made a worthy contribution here -

    13. Gabriel Leo on December 4th, 2006 10:03 am

      Hey, no offense NYCHIC, no anger here, the only Gabriel Leo is me. That’s my true first name and my Last. I truly believe if someone has something to say, be forward and not scared and use your full name, otherwise it’s very hard te believe anything someone says behind a screen name ;) . Now it is possible that someone else used my name, but therefore they are IP. adresses which log each opinion which is said and those who run this site can see who said what with which name and IP adress ;) .
      But I really would like you to explain about what you said about my anger and not giving a reason for it (your post, # 12), just keep in mind you don’t have to appologize for anything because there is no anger here ;)

    14. nychic on December 4th, 2006 10:23 pm

      Gabriel Leo -

      I have been reading here at SM since June ’05

      If you have also been posting since that time
      then you are the same Gabriel Leo -

      I will not ask Klaas to look up things to prove my point
      but I do recall your post stating that you had a business
      in Aruba – I was simply wondering how things were – not
      being sarcastic at all – just generally concerned since
      you had also been here since the beginning of the case -

      Maybe I have misinterpreted the tone of your posts as it
      is difficult to know these things by reading what is typed -

      I am glad to hear that you have no anger and I hope you
      keep posting at SM – I have read many “theories” about you and have heard that you were involved with the case initially –

      I have always wanted to hear your side of this ? Maybe someday we will get lucky and hear your side of the story ?

      p.s. SM has a large amount of posters who use their real names and/or actual locations in their posting id’s – it is due to the fact that they really are here for one purpose and most have no other agendas or anything to hide -

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