Labour union for US Sunoco refinery considers contract

27 June 2012 22:25  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Union workers at the Sunoco Philadelphia refinery in Pennsylvania are in discussions ahead of a vote on Monday to ratify a labour agreement, said a union spokeswoman on Wednesday.

United Steelworkers (USW) union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock said she could not discuss the terms of the agreement nor disclose the parties involved.

“Local 10-1 [the Sunoco Philadelphia labour union chapter] is holding informational meetings and is having a ratification vote on Monday,” said Hancock.

US refiner Sunoco has been in negotiations with The Carlyle Group since February concerning a joint venture to maintain operations at the 335,000 bbl/day Philadelphia refinery.

Last fall, Sunoco said it was putting its 178,000 bbl/day Marcus Hook and Philadelphia refineries, both in Pennsylvania, up for sale. If there was no sale by June, the refineries would be closed.

The Marcus Hook refinery has previously been closed on poor economics, but Sunoco extended the deadline for the Philadelphia refinery as the company’s talks about a joint venture continued.

During Sunoco’s first quarter 2012 conference call, the company said it expects the merger to be complete in the second half of 2012.

By: Sheena Martin
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