The Latest: Steel Pipe Workers in Northern California Are Getting a Makeover
By Katie Kelleher, Associated Press WriterThe workers have been working in the coal-rich town of Bakersfield, California, for nearly 100 years.
The workers, who are members of a steel pipe family that supplies more than one-third of the U.S. market, have been fighting for jobs in Bakersfields coal-dependent community.
But now they have to make do with a small, cramped workroom.
“It’s been a rough time, especially the last six months,” said Bill Glynn, a former pipe cleaner.
“There are some things that are just harder to do.
But we’ve got to keep going, stay positive, keep working.”
It’s the latest twist in a story that has been unfolding in the heart of the American West since the early 20th century.
Bakersfield is located on a ridge in the Mojave Desert, and for generations the area was an agricultural and mining hub.
The area has a population of about 20,000.
Bakerfield has long been considered a model for the region, and now its leaders are trying to build a future of manufacturing and mining in the region.
The Bakersfeld Industrial Complex is a complex of factories, mines and mineshores built on a massive steel pipe network that extends more than 200 miles to the border with Nevada.
The city of Bakerfield employs about 200,000 people and is home to more than 600 businesses.
The pipe workers have spent most of their lives in Bakingfield, a largely rural community of about 7,000 where the residents are largely retirees and people of color.
The pipes that supply the region are made of steel, which is often mined from deep-rock formations in the West.
A huge amount of the coal used to make pipe comes from Bakersberg, and it’s here that the workers of the pipe pipe family are the biggest customers.
The city of San Bernardino, where Bakersburg is located, is the second-largest supplier of coal to Bakersville.
It’s a city with a population about half that of Bakingburg, which has about 3,500 residents.
The residents of Bayside, a community of mostly Hispanic people on the northern edge of Bakesfield, have lived here for generations.
It was a place where the pipe workers had to be in the thick of things, said Michael Sanchez, a pipe cleaner who grew up in Baysides.
“There were no jobs for us.
You had to do the job.
That was the norm,” Sanchez said.”
We had no jobs, and we had no pay, and I remember we didn’t even have a toilet,” he added.
When the pipe work started to slow down, the Bakerswells pipe pipe pipe factory shut down in 2005, and they were forced to go on strike in order to survive.
In the end, they won.
But not without a lot of money.
The $25 million dollar victory brought an end to a 40-year battle that was led by the Pipe Workers Alliance, an advocacy group that has organized around the Bakesies steel pipe industry.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” said Robert F. Williams, president of the Bakeries pipe pipe workers union.
“They’ve had the union fight all these years.
It has been the union that fought back, the union who has put in a lot more hours and effort than anyone,” Williams said.
Bakesies pipe work is a very small business.
The Bakersfilers union estimates that they’ve made about $15 million in profit from their pipe work, and that’s on the backs of thousands of pipe cleaners and pipe installers.
The industry, and the Bakingies pipe industry, have grown from just one pipe pipe, made from two-inch pipe, to several thousand pipes.
The company employs more than 150 people.
The union says its members are earning $15 to $20 an hour.
“People just want to work, they just want a job, they want to be here,” said Carlos Pardo, the pipe cleaner of Bainsville, who has worked for years at the Baysies pipe factory.
The union has had a few bad years.
In 2009, the company closed its plant in San Bernardino.
That same year, a major gas pipeline ruptured, killing eight people in Colorado.
The U.K. government also shut down the pipe company in 2011, and last year, the federal government also froze Bakesys pipe pipe work.
“What the pipe industry is going through is very difficult, but we’re fighting to make it right,” Pardo said.
While the pipe-makers union says that’s an unfair comparison, it’s important to remember that pipe pipes are made from pipe.
And pipe is made of pipes.
In addition to making pipes, the workers make steel pipe for the