© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view of the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., May 15, 2021. Picture taken May 15, 2021. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn/File Photo
By Erwin Seba
HOUSTON (Reuters) -Exxon Mobil Corp amended the contract proposal being made to locked-out workers at its Beaumont, Texas, refinery and lube oil plant to embrace some seniority safety, the corporate mentioned on Wednesday.
The supply marked the corporate’s first concession to the 650 workers on the 369,000-barrel-per-day refinery since a lockout started on May 1. The firm beforehand insisted the union schedule a vote on its “last, best and final” supply made in January.
Officials with United Steelworkers (USW) native 13-243 are reviewing the proposal, in accordance to an individual accustomed to the matter. The USW has mentioned the unique supply would destroy the seniority system and create separate contracts for workers on the refinery and the adjoining lubricants plant.
Exxon (NYSE:) mentioned it supplied the revisions as a result of the union has harassed it needs to keep current worker seniority provisions, in accordance to an announcement.
The new proposal consists of seniority safety for job transfers between the lubricants and refinery parts of the advanced. It additionally consists of layoff safety for sure jobs and warehouse operator promotions in lubricants, Exxon mentioned.
“The amended offer, which comes after months of good-faith bargaining meetings, provides further support to our represented employees’ concerns about security and seniority, while still achieving the company’s objectives of a safe, reliable operations, and a profitable site,” spokesperson Julie King mentioned in an electronic mail.
If the new proposal is ratified earlier than Nov. 1, the workers will obtain a $500 bonus, Exxon mentioned. In July, greater than 75% of the locked-out workers rejected proposals to think about a vote on the contract.
The refinery and lube plant has continued to produce Mobil 1 oil and motor fuels with managers, supervisors and a few non permanent operators employed because the lockout started.
Exxon started the lockout to keep away from a strike, the corporate has mentioned.
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