/r /oil Industry and law firms are in court in an effort to end a strike by thousands of oil workers who say they are suffering financial harm from oil prices that are now too low to meet their bills.
On Monday, an arbitrator ruled in favor of oil industry workers and ordered the U.S. Department of Labor to return the wages and benefits of those who were laid off last week.
The decision means workers will get $2.5 billion in back pay from the Department of Homeland Security, but the agency will not return all of the workers’ wages or benefits.
The workers are demanding an end to the strikes that started last fall.
The Department of Health and Human Services has also stepped up its response to the strike, sending hundreds of workers back to work for free.
But oil companies have long been reluctant to take the government to court, and they have threatened to sue.
“We’ve been at this for more than a year now, and the oil companies, the producers, and their attorneys have always had the leverage to do whatever they want,” said Mark Wicks, an oil and gas attorney at the law firm Gibson Dunn.
“They’ve had the opportunity to try to intimidate workers into taking a strike, and now they have a chance to do it.
It is a win-win situation.”
The oil industry has long argued that the strikes are illegal.
The strike started in February, when thousands of workers took a 24-hour walkout after being ordered to do so by the Department and the Department’s labor office.
The Department and oil companies say the strike is illegal and the workers should be paid for what they lost.
The strike also brought renewed attention to the long-term health and safety risks associated with the use of the oil industry’s hazardous chemicals.
The U.N. has called on governments around the world to phase out oil companies’ use of these chemicals, but oil companies insist the use is necessary for their jobs.
The United States has been one of the biggest oil exporters in the world.
But it is now one of its most heavily dependent on foreign oil, which makes up nearly 40 percent of global supply.
The United States imports more than half of its oil from countries such as Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Qatar.
The oil boom has also helped fuel an explosion in social unrest around the globe.
Protests have erupted in several countries, including Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey, and Nigeria.
In the United States, protests have been on the rise since President Donald Trump took office in January.
Last week, protests in Seattle erupted when workers walked out of the Capitol after their union said they were seeking a pay raise, and more than 1,000 people were arrested.
Trump has also accused oil companies of being a corrupting force that has been taking away from workers in other countries.
His administration has threatened to withdraw billions in aid to oil producers that are affected by the strike.