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USW Plans To Strike

In North America on April 20, 2012 at 2:30 am

California — The local USW union at the Los Angeles Refinery is fourth representing a Tesoro plant to authorize a strike, but no work stoppage is expected before the contract for the Los Angeles Refinery workers expires on April 30.

Unions at the Golden Eagle plant in California, Tesoro’s largest refinery, along with workers at Anacortes in Washington and Mandan in North Dakota, have granted strike authority since the company offered a contract that would allow Tesoro to change workers’ benefits without negotiations.

USW members earlier gave their respective bargaining committees permission to strike at Tesoro’s plants in Martinez, Calif., Anacortes, Wash., and Mandan, N.D.

The USW’s contracts at the four plants cover 979 workers.

“We are doing everything we can to negotiate in good faith and obtain a fair contract, but if Tesoro fails to do the same they’ll give us no option other than to strike,” Ryan Heustis, union local chairman at the Wilmington refinery, said in the statement.

The company said it has made contingency plans in the event of a strike.

Last weekend, drivers filling up at Tesoro-owned gas stations around Contra Costa were approached by union members handing out leaflets and urging solidarity in boycotting the company should workers hit the picket line.

Members of United Steelworkers Local 5, based in Martinez, voted in mid-March to proceed with a strike unless they receive the right to bargain over any changes in benefits during the entire term of the next multi-year contract with the petroleum company.

– Viktor

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