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Marathon is at an impasse in negotiations with Teamsters union at its refinery in Minnesota

May 07/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Marathon Petroleum is at an impasse in negotiations with the local Teamsters union at its 104,000 barrel-per-day St. Paul Park, Minnesota, refinery, according to a letter to the union reviewed by Reuters.

Marathon said in a letter dated April 29 the two parties are at an impasse with respect to "non-starter" proposals made by the union and other proposals made in the refiner's last, best and final offer the union in March.

Marathon has not responded to a request for comment.

The two parties are also at fundamental disagreement over whether the union is on strike or being locked out.

The Teamsters contend that their access cards had been shut off in January when the union members attempted to return to work following a strike announcement, effectively locking them out.

Marathon has repeatedly said that there is no lockout in effect and the Teamsters are on strike.

The union also accused Marathon in April of "document dumping" 20,000 pages of unsearchable documents in response to the Teamsters' request for more information related to negotiations.

As MRC reported earlier, most units were shut on Sunday night and Monday morning (15-16 February) at Marathon Petroleum Corp's 585,000 barrel-per-day Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas, as temperatures plunged due to a Arctic cold front reaching the Gulf Coast. They resumed operations in the first half of March.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 576,270 tonnes in the first three month of 2021, up by 4% year on year. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 410,890 tonnes in January-March 2021, up by 56% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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