01 February 2012 02:23 [Source: ICIS news]
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The contract is pending ratification by the United Steelworkers (USW) union oil workers, said USW spokeswoman Lynne Hancock.
The union and Shell Oil, which represents the
Health and safety were the primary issues for the negotiations, along with wages and benefits, according to the union.
During the previous negotiations in 2009, health and safety issues were largely dropped because focus turned to wages in wake of tumbling economic indicators.
The current national contract expires at 12:00 am
Valero has received notice that a strike could hit its 292,000
Such a notice allows union members to stop working if no local agreement is met before Wednesday.
Valero and the other
The USW represents 30,000 workers at 168 production, refining, marketing, transportation, pipeline and petrochemical facilities nationwide, including 69 refineries representing approximately 64 percent of US refining capacity.
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