Union approves contracts at US ExxonMobil Baytown complex

16 May 2013 19:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The United Steelworkers (USW) ratified three separate agreements with ExxonMobil regarding workers at the company's Baytown complex in Texas, the union said on Thursday.

The three-year agreements had expired on Wednesday, and they cover about 850 workers at the complex, the union said.

Earlier this year, the union had threatened to strike if the two sides could not reach an agreement on the labour contract. Likewise, ExxonMobil had threatened a lockdown.

Under the terms, ExxonMobil agreed to bargain over the American Petroleum Institute's recommendations for fatigue, the union said. As such, the two sides will establish a limit on how many consecutive days an employee could work.

The two sides will also create a process-safety representative role that would be filled by a union member, the USW said. The representative would work with the company to ensure that proper procedures are followed and equipment is repaired.

Other provisions include wage increases, the union said.

"We want to thank our employees for their continued dedication and support throughout this process," ExxonMobil said in a statement.

The Baytown facility is the largest integrated petrochemical and refinery complex in the US.

By: Al Greenwood
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