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Striking Oil Workers, Shell 'Miles Apart' in Contract Talks

Friday, 20 Feb 2015 06:13 AM

The United Steelworkers are "still miles apart" from Royal Dutch Shell in negotiations for a new contract amid the largest U.S. refinery strike in more than three decades, according to the union.

Talks resumed Wednesday and are continuing, the union said in a text message. Shell has also responded to the group’s request for information, according to the statement, which didn’t include further details. The Hague, Netherlands-based Shell, said in an email the company resumed negotiations and "continues to work towards reaching a mutually satisfactory agreement."

The union, which represents 30,000 U.S. oil workers, started on Feb. 1 the biggest strike at the country’s oil refineries since 1980. More than 5,000 employees have left nine plants, accounting for 13 percent of U.S. refining capacity. The walkout 35 years ago lasted three months.

The national union has called strikes at Tesoro Corp. plants in Martinez and Carson, California, and Anacortes, Washington; Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Catlettsburg complex in Kentucky and Galveston Bay site in Texas; Shell’s Deer Park complex in Texas; LyondellBasell Industries’s Houston facility; and BP’s Whiting and Toledo refineries in the Midwest.

One of the three Tesoro refineries on strike, the Golden Eagle site in Northern California, halted all fuel production by Feb. 6. The plant already had about half of its output offline for maintenance before the strike and shut completely after the walkout began.

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The United Steelworkers are "still miles apart" from Royal Dutch Shell in negotiations for a new contract amid the largest U.S. refinery strike in more than three decades, according to the union.
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