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HOUSTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The United Steelworkers union (USW) on Friday stated proposals by vitality large BP Plc would undermine its 56-year-old nationwide program for refinery and chemical plant employee contracts.
Folks within the USW conversant in the matter stated BP has put ahead proposals in native negotiations at its U.S. refineries to require ready intervals of as much as 120 days between the expiration of a contract and the potential begin of a strike.
“BP’s place at native tables assaults the Nationwide Oil Bargaining Program,” the union stated in a message to members and seen by Reuters. “Pipeline & refinery locals stand collectively to combat again!”
A BP spokesperson declined to debate the small print of proposals in contract negotiations.
“BP is negotiating in good religion with the United Steelworkers union to enhance the competitiveness of our enterprise and create a sustainable future for all,” stated firm spokesperson Cameron Nazminia.
A union spokesperson was not instantly out there to debate the USW’s message.
Since 1966 the union has at many refineries gained a standard expiration date for refinery and chemical plant contracts. The frequent date raises the chance staff will strike at a number of crops concurrently, as occurred in 2015, over the last nationwide strike.
“We’re standing the road,” stated a union supply, who described the BP proposals as taking refineries off the frequent contract expiration date, permitting the corporate to “affect the contract behind the scenes.”
Whereas not altering the formal expiration date, the 120-day no strike interval adjustments the date in apply, probably lowering the facility of collective motion out there to the USW with a standard expiration date.
One firm that has used no-strike or so-called labor peace intervals is Exxon Mobil Corp , which locked out 650 staff at its Beaumont, Texas, refinery almost 9 months in the past, following a 75-day no-strike interval.
“We do not imagine Exxon is one of the best instance to comply with,” a union supply stated.
The USW is negotiating a brand new nationwide settlement for 30,000 U.S. refinery and chemical plant staff with Marathon Petroleum Corp , the trade’s lead negotiator.
On the identical time, USW native unions are negotiating site-specific points with plant managers.
Reporting by Erwin Seba; Modifying by William Mallard