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Thu May 2, 2013, 09:54 PM

Union workers prepared to strike at Baytown refinery


BAYTOWN, Texas - Union workers say they are prepared to strike at Baytown's ExxonMobil refinery due to unresolved safety issues.

The local chapter of the United Steelworkers Union notified the company of its plans to strike in less than 60 days.

A union spokesman said workers are asking for an update on safety measures and an improvement in education efforts. They claim the same measures were implemented at the company's refineries in Beaumont and Louisiana.

The company has about 56 days to respond to union demands, but a worker said the union has already brought in trailers and other equipment in preparation for a strike.

I'm glad that these workers will stand strong together for a safer work environment. Exxon needs to get it together.

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Thu May 2, 2013, 09:57 PM

1. Good for them.

Stand strong, guys!

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Fri May 3, 2013, 10:08 PM

2. Exxon Mobil makes deal to avert refinery strike


Exxon Mobil and a union spokesman said Friday that the parties had reached a tentative agreement that will now go before union members for approval.

“Exxon Mobil Baytown can confirm that the Company and the USW have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year labor contract,” Exxon Mobil spokeswoman Patty Errico said in an email. “We look forward to moving ahead together and maintaining the good working relationships our employees share with us and one another.”

United Steelworkers spokesman Richard Landry said Exxon Mobil agreed to new safety protocols, including limits on the consecutive days an employee can work at the refinery.

The workers are set to vote on the deal on May 15.

Unions. Aren't they awesome?! These workers will have a safer work place now.

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