Exxon offers new proposal to locked-out Texas refinery workers

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HOUSTON, Sept. 29 (Businesshala) – Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) amended a contract proposal it is making for laid-off workers at its Beaumont, Texas, refinery and lube oil plant to include some seniority protection, the company said. said on Wednesday.

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The proposal marked the company’s first concession to 650 workers at the 369,000-barrel-per-day refinery since the lockdown began on May 1. January.

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According to a person familiar with the matter, officials at United Steelworkers (USW) Local 13-243 are reviewing the proposal. USW has said that the original proposal would destroy the seniority system and create separate contracts for workers at the refinery and nearby lubricants plant.

Exxon said it offered the amendment because the union has insisted it wants to retain existing employee seniority provisions, according to a statement.

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The new proposal includes seniority protection for job transfers between the lubricants and refinery parts of the premises. Exxon said it also included warehouse operator promotions in layoff protection and lubricants for certain jobs.

“The revised proposal, which comes after months of goodwill bargaining meetings, provides further support to the concerns of our represented employees about safety and seniority, while still maintaining a safe, reliable operation and a profitable site for the Company. objectives,” spokeswoman Julie King said in an email.

If the new offer is confirmed before November 1, employees will receive a $500 bonus, Exxon said. In July, more than 75% of locked-out workers rejected proposals to consider a vote on the contract.

The refinery and lube plant has continued to produce Mobil 1 oil and motor fuels with managers, supervisors and some temporary operators since the lockdown began.

Exxon introduced the lockdown to avoid the strike, the company has said.

Reporting by Irwin Seba in Houston; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Peter Cooney

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