Another council member, Eduardo Martinez, who's running for mayor, said Chevron was indifferent to worker safety and the health of city residents.

"It is a myth that we rely on Chevron for our economic well-being. They rely on us, the residents and the workers. I support USW Local 5 as they refuse to sacrifice all of our health for corporate profit," Martinez said.

The city's current mayor, Tom Butt, seemed unaware of the status of the labor dispute, as of Sunday.

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