Kim Nibarger to lead USW International's oil bargaining division.
United Steelworkers (USW) International recently announced that Kim Nibarger will step up to replace retired oil sector chair Gary Beevers as head of oil bargaining at the national level.
Beevers, USW International's vice president, retired Dec. 1. USW International President Leo Gerard cited Nibarger’s 17 years of experience in the oil refinery sector for the union’s choice.
"Because he has served as both a safety expert and a local union president, Nibarger will bring crucial leadership and experience to this vital position," Gerard said.
Nibarger worked as chief operator for Shell Oil Products in the Pacific Northwest at its Puget Sound refinery in Anacortes, Washington, serving as co-chair of the Joint Health and Safety Committee at Shell’s Anacortes refinery for eight years. He also coordinated safety for PACE, an affiliated union, prior to coming on board with USW.
During his time with the former PACE union, Nibarger successfully led incident inquiries and trained other investigators. Managing the union's successful Triangle of Prevention (TOP) safety initiative, he played a significant role in tracing the causes of over 50 serious petrochemical accidents across the U.S.
"I will work to improve refinery and chemical workers' wages and benefits, but in this extremely dangerous industry, I will strive every day to improve safety," Nibarger said.
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