Sunoco cuts 100 jobs at Marcus Hook plant

About 100 employees were given notice at Sunoco’s Marcus Hook plant that Friday would be their last day at the facility.

The layoff notices were distributed as U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa. called on Sunoco to ramp up its efforts to find a buyer for its Delaware County and Philadelphia facilities.

Randy Carpenter, a nine-year machinist out on sick leave, said he contacted his shift supervisor shortly after 1 p.m. today and was told to not report to work after Feb. 17.

“They gave a hundred people a notice not to come to work after the 17th of February,” Carpenter said, adding that he had spoken with co-workers who were allegedly brought into an afternoon meeting Monday where this information was disseminated.

Carpenter is one of about 340 Sunoco employees at the company’s Marcus Hook refinery represented by the United Steelworkers Union Local 10-901.

The union had been negotiating a severance contract with the company. No agreement had been reached and talks were scheduled through the end of the month.

Union officials confirmed the layoffs.

In September, CEO Lynn Elsenhans announced the Marcus Hook and Philadelphia refineries would be shut down by July if a new owner wasn’t found. She cited “unacceptable financial performance of these assets.”

In December, Sunoco officials idled the175,000-barrel-per-day Delaware County facility, citing deteriorating market conditions.

Source: Daily Local