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ExxonMobil and USW negotiators to meet over US refinery lockout

June 11/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Negotiators for the United Steelworkers union (USW) and ExxonMobil will meet on Thursday for the first time since a May 1 lockout of Beaumont, Texas, refinery workers, reported Reuters.

A contract covering 650 union workers expired earlier this year and Exxon locked out workers, citing its fear of a sudden walkout. The 2,700-acre complex, Exxon's third-largest US refinery, continues to operate with managers and replacement workers producing gasoline and Mobil 1 motor oil.

We will be trying to resolve the open issues, USW Staff Representative Hoot Landry told Reuters on Wednesday. The union has proposed a six-year contract covering the refinery and lubricants plant and would continue existing seniority protections.

"We continue to engage in good-faith negotiations with the union until a contract is ratified," Exxon spokeswoman Julie King said.

The two sides have communicated on proposal terms but have not formally negotiated, according to people familiar with the matter. Landry and another staff representative met with Exxon officials on May 12 to clarify terms of each other's proposals.

The company has insisted USW Local 13-243 call a vote on its proposal that would create separate contracts for refinery and lubricant plant workers, and give the company control over which employees move up to senior posts. Exxon's proposal would give the 369,024 barrel-per-day refinery flexibility to be profitable in even low-margin environments, the company has said.

The USWs last proposal, made on April 30, sought a six-year contract with no pay raise in the first year. It would match pay raises in the second through sixth years to those set by national labor negotiations that have yet to be held.

As MRC informed previously, Gov. John Bel Edwards and ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery Manager David Oldreive have announced the companys final investment decision for more than USD240 million in capital improvements at the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery.

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 744,130 tonnes in the first four month of 2021, up by 4% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, PP deliveries to the Russian market were 523,900 tonnes in January-April 2021, up by 55% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas shipments of PP random copolymers decreased.

ExxonMobil is the largest non-government owned company in the energy industry and produces about 3% of the world's oil and about 2% of the world's energy.


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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, Exxon Mobil, USA.
Category:General News
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