Exxon discusses new terms with union representing locked-out Texas refinery workers

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Oct 9 (Businesshala) – Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) said on Saturday that it and the United Steelworkers Union, the union representing laid-off workers out of a Texas refinery, discussed the terms of a proposed labor contract.

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Exxon said it provided an explanation for its latest proposal and rejected the union’s proposed changes to that proposal, saying they would raise its cost.

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“The union provided a one-pager with 24 proposed items that they requested to be included in our proposal…” Exxon said.

It’s been more than five months since Exxon closed its Beaumont, Texas, plant, replacing some 650 workers with temporary workers.

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The new proposal comes at a time when at least 30% of workers representing United Steelworkers Union Local 13-243 signed a petition to the US National Labor Relations Board to vote on removing the union.

The union on Friday accused the company of misleading people with misleading statements about the union, talks and the company’s lockdown.

Exxon also said the union declined to say whether it would seek a vote on the latest proposal and that the next bargaining meeting was not scheduled.

Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Gary McWilliams; Editing by Chris Reese

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