HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:) managers on Friday started calling staff locked out of the corporate's Beaumont, Texas, refinery to push for approval of a contract proposal to be voted on early subsequent week, a United Steelworkers (USW) union official mentioned.
In addition to an attraction to ratify the contract supply, which the union has urged staff to reject, the managers provided details about a decertification petition which will result in a vote to take away the USW from representing the employees, mentioned Bryan Gross, a consultant of the worldwide union.
"The company locked us out six months ago," Gross mentioned. "They haven't asked about anybody and now they are reaching out and saying, 'Trust us.'"
An Exxon spokesperson didn't instantly reply to a request for remark.
The 650 staff locked out on May 1 on the 369,024 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery and lubricant-oil plant are scheduled to vote on Tuesday on Exxon's contract supply.
The firm mentioned in a message posted on Facebook (NASDAQ:) on Friday that when the supply is ratified "the company will work with the union to establish a return to work agreement and return USW-represented employees to the site, ending the lockout."
The U.S. National Labor Relations Board is reviewing a petition submitted by not less than 30% of the locked-out staff calling for a decertification vote. If profitable, it could take away USW native union 13-243 in Beaumont from representing the employees.
The USW opposes opposing Exxon's contract supply, saying it could get rid of job seniority, which provides staff a say in job assignments, and create just about separate agreements for refinery staff and lubricant plant staff.
Exxon has mentioned the settlement is important to make the refinery aggressive in even low-margin environments.
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