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Statoil Tells Crown Central Petroleum that Business Dealings Will End if Crown's Labor Problems are not Resolved

       Lakewood, Colo. - The Norwegian Oil and Petrochemical
       Workers Union (NOPEF) has informed the Oil, Chemical &
       Atomic Workers International Union (OCAW) that Statoil
       has told Crown Central Petroleum in a letter that it will
       not renew its contract with Crown or discuss an expansion
       of its business with the company until normal
       relationships are established with OCAW at Crown's
       Pasadena, Tex., refinery.
       Statoil had signed in August 1998 a two-year agreement
       for Crown to refine Statoil's crude oil into finished
       products for the North American market.
       "Since Statoil is Crown's major partner, we believe this
       is a highly unusual action by a multinational oil company
       and further isolates Crown as a corporate outlaw, bully
       and union-buster on the world scene," said OCAW President
       Robert Wages. "This should send a strong message to other
       oil companies not to deal with Crown, and we applaud
       NOPEF for communicating our concerns to Statoil's
       management and board."
       After an investigation of crown's union-busting in Sept.
       1998, NOPEF President Lars Myhre stated that "Statoil
       products should not be tainted by their association with
       By pairing one of the worst oil companies in the world
       with Statoil - which became the first multinational oil
       company to sign an international agreement to support
       labor and human rights - the contradiction became too
       much for Statoil to bear," said Wages.
       "While we applaud Statoil for taking this position, the
       company is obviously embarrassed for not doing its
       homework on Crown's human and labor rights record before
       signing this agreement," said Wages. "This was not the
       way for Statoil to introduce its products to the North
       American market."
       The national boycott against Crown at its Crown, Fast
       Fare and Zippy Mart gas stations and convenience stores
       has increased dramatically in recent months. In addition
       to Crown's union-busting, the company has been accused of
       discriminating against women and African-Americans and of
       environmental racism for polluting low-income and largely
       Latino neighborhoods which surround its Pasadena
       In August, Crown received a $1.1 million fine from the
       Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, which was
       the largest air pollution fine in Texas history.
       Further proof of Crown's continued isolation is a
       decision by the American Trading and Production Company,
       Inc. (Atapco) - Crown's largest stockholder - to
       relinquish its ownership of Crown stock. Atapco consists
       of the inherited wealth of Louis and Jacob Blaustein, the
       founders of Amoco. It filed papers with the Securities
       and Exchange Commission to separate its holdings into
       three separate companies and to give its Crown stock to
       the family of Crown CEO Henry Rosenberg, Jr., which is
       one of three major branches of the extended Blaustein
       family, in exchange for the remainder of the Rosenberg
       family's Atapco holdings.
       "Even Crown's largest shareholder has had enough of Henry
       Rosenberg and is trying to get out of the line of fire,"
       said Wages.
       Crown stock has been rocked in recent months, and at
       times it has dropped to below $7 per share, the lowest in
       its history. Moody's has given Crown a negative debt
       rating, and Crown shareholders recently filed a lawsuit
       against Crown board members and management for
       malfeasance and presiding over an 80 percent drop in
       Crown stock during a decade of unprecedented increases in
       the U.S. stock market and in the stock of other
       independent U.S. oil companies.
       The lawsuit alleges that Crown's management and board
       have rewarded Henry Rosenberg and his two sons, while
       ignoring shareholder value.
       Crown locked out its OCAW union workers at its Pasadena
       refinery in February 1996 after it failed to force OCAW
       members to strike. The company used trumped-up charges of
       sabotage to justify the lockout in its attempt to destroy
       the union at its Pasadena refinery.
       OCAW, which represents most of the unionized oil workers
       in the U.S., has convened a constitutional convention
       this week in Las Vegas, to merge with the United
       Paperworkers International Union and form a combined
       union of 320,000 members.