United Steelworkers accuse Exxon of union busting at Texas refinery

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HOUSTON, Oct 8 (Businesshala) – The labor union representing laid off workers at the Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) refinery on Friday accused the oil firm of “busting our union” by backing efforts to officially remove the union. accused of trying. Authentication vote.

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USW said in a statement that any vote would be tainted by “serious unfair labor practices”, accusing Exxon of “misleading the public with misleading statements about our union, our conversations and the company’s malicious lockdown”. was imposed.

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USW international representative Brian Gross said of the vote’s prospects, saying most members of the plant’s union are “still with us.”

Exxon laid off 650 union employees from its Beaumont, Texas, plant on May 1 after the prior contract expired, and there was no vote on the company’s proposed proposal. The refinery, which manufactures gasoline and Mobil 1 motor oil, continues to use managers and replacement employees.

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The US National Labor Relations Board said this week that it had received a petition supported by the signatures of at least 30% of workers, represented by United Steelworkers Union Local 13-243, for a decertification vote to remove the union. The minimum required to make a call.

If Beaumont employees approve a decertification, it would remove USW as their bargaining agent. There is no set timetable for when voting can take place.

Exxon has said that its contract offer includes the necessary provisions to ensure it has the flexibility to compete in a low-margin environment. The company intensified its efforts to win the vote, accusing the union of sowing misinformation and engaging in voter suppression over the desertification attempt.

USW has said the proposal would erase critical employee seniority protections and reduce their negotiating power, creating separate contracts for the plant’s refinery and lubricating oil plant employees.

USW and Exxon negotiators met on Friday, Gross said. “The company clarified a few things,” he said. “We gave them a few things to consider.”

Reporting by Irwin Seba, writing by Gary McWilliams; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Cynthia Osterman

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