Not a day goes by without someone asking if the situation at Sunoco’s refinery affects me.
If they could read my mind they’d hear me asking them, ‘Why wouldn’t it affect me? I work there don’t I?’
It’s becoming increasingly obvious to me that a lot of Chester people really don’t believe these refineries are shutting down. Could it be because so few Chester people work in these refineries, therefore, not many Chester families are affected?
As I child, nearly all my friends had a parent or family member who worked at one of the petrochemical plants on the Delaware River.
Now, most of Sunoco's Chester employees were hired 25 years ago. I joined less than 10 years ago and there were no Chester folks hired with me and hardly any since then. I wonder why. You only need a high school education to do what I do.
As the communities surrounding Marcus Hook brace for economic devastation, Chester may be spared due to so few families working there and so few businesses that support the refineries and their workers.
Check out the Live From the Newsroom Daily Times video from last night that featured the mayor of Marcus Hook and a Sunoco union rep. Some good facts were reveled.