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By Erwin Seba
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:) and the United Steelworkers union (USW) hope to interrupt an more and more bitter dispute over a Texas refinery contract subsequent week by taking a distinct strategy of sending one negotiator every to contract talks as a substitute of an entire group, firm and union officers mentioned on Friday.
Exxon seven weeks in the past locked out 650 union employees at its Beaumont, Texas, refinery and lubricants plant after failing to succeed in settlement on a brand new contract. On Thursday, negotiators met for less than the second time for the reason that lockout however did not make any headway and stopped talks after about two hours.
Talks have turned fractious. The union has accused Exxon of attempting to dissolve seniority provisions, colluding to interrupt the union and falsely claiming the union’s seniority phrases are distinctive.
After Exxon tweeted the job-seniority phrases it needed had been no totally different than these on the firm’s Baytown, Texas, refinery, native 13-2001 union President Ricky Brooks referred to as the tweet “factually unfaithful.”
Exxon mentioned the USW has failed to barter significantly on its proposal. “We count on the union to come back ready to cut price in good religion,” the corporate mentioned forward of Thursday’s talks.
The USW has filed a grievance with the U.S. Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB) claiming Exxon violated labor legal guidelines by improperly monitoring staff and used firm assets to launch an effort to dissolve the union.
An worker has circulated info to realize assist for a petition to decertify the USW native that represents Beaumont employees, based on the NLRB grievance. Exxon instructed staff looking for info to contact its human assets division or the NLRB. A vote might be referred to as if 30% of coated staff signal a petition and file it with the NLRB.
“We proceed to satisfy and cut price in good religion with the union,” mentioned Exxon spokeswoman Julie King. “The corporate has always acted lawfully and can proceed to take action.”
In one other signal of tensions, the USW this month filed a federal lawsuit in Houston claiming Exxon refused to just accept an arbitrator’s determination involving two employees.
The lawsuit requested the U.S. court docket to implement a ruling calling for 2 union employees fired from its Baytown refinery to be reinstated and given again pay.
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