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Providing Critical Support to the Oil & Gas Industry for Four Decades
In 1967, through industrial violence and strikes, the unions had caused the complete disruption of all major construction on the lower Mississippi River in the growing petro-chemical complex reaching from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
Some two billion dollars worth of construction was shut down, plant expansion stopped cold, and the ripple effect of vandalism and mob violence spread to the housing industry, pipelines and oil field operations.
The situation was so bad Governor John McKeithen was forced to call out the State Police and had to have at least one Parish Sheriff removed from office. The Governor appointed a Board of Inquiry, established a private investigative force and made labor violence control his top priority.
During this period, equipment was dynamited, construction sites were attacked, gas lines were blown up, and dynamite charges were set off against producing oil and gas wells. In Southwest Louisiana, over 24 incidents of labor violence occurred with at least two men killed in shootings at oilfield locations.
For the first time in Louisiana history, the forces of organized labor went all out against the oilfields. However, they met their match.
The board road contractors, drilling companies and other oilfield service contractors who formed the Louisiana Oilfield Contractors Association are a tough and independent group of self-made individuals who will not be intimidated.
LOCA was created by determined men to resolve tough problems.
In 1980, the Louisiana Oilfield Contractors Association retained its first Executive Director, Mr. Randy K. Haynie, who pulled together a dedicated coalition of oilfield businessmen and legislators to enact the landmark Anti-Indemnity Act of 1981, creating a new standard of fairness and equitable dealings in contract negotiations for the industry in Louisiana.
The Louisiana Oilfield Contractors Association has taken on the toughest legislative challenges, including the Oilfield Equipment Theft Act, Workers Compensation Reform, Tort Reform, Unemployment Compensation Reform and many other forms of legislation of critical importance to the oil and gas industry.
LOCA – Taking the Toughest Challenges Head On!
The Louisiana Oilfield Contractors Association has also aggressively resisted legislation unfavorable to industry such as punitive tax proposals and legal challenges to the exclusive remedy doctrine in Workers Compensation statuses.
This proud tradition of facing the toughest challenges in the industry head on and overcoming them continues at the Louisiana Oilfield Contactors Association today.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:29 )