29 January 2009 23:12 [Source: ICIS news]
By Lane Kelley
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Texas chemical plants in the Houston area will keep running even if no labour contract is reached by a Sunday deadline and union workers strike, company officials said on Thursday.
Labour agreements that cover 4,200 Houston-area employees and 30,000 energy and chemical workers nationwide, most of them with the United Steelworkers union, expire early on Sunday, according to company and union officials.
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"Our operations will continue to run safely," Cain said. "They will be staffed by trained personnel."
"We're not going to close down,"
The INEOS NOVA chemical plant in LyondellBasell also will keep its
LyondellBasell also will keep its
"You can't go into negotiations and not have a plan to strike," said the union official, who asked not to be named. "This is done every time we go into a negotiation."
The official said negotiations between the local and the companies continued on Thursday in
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