Reuters. File photo: An Exxon gas station in Houston, Texas, USA, April 30, 2019. REUTERS / Loren Elliott
By Irwin Service
Lock-out staff in Houston (Reuters) Exxon Mobil The corporation’s (NYSE 🙂 Beaumont, Texas refinery will vote in a mail-in ballot between November 12 and December 22 to decide whether the United Steelworkers Union (USW) will be removed from their representation, according to the company and the union.
The U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will send ballots November 12 to workers represented by USW Local 13-243 at the refinery and surrounding lubricant blending and packaging plants, according to Exxon and the union. Ballots must be returned by December 22.
At least 30% of workers locked out of their jobs at 369,000 barrels-per-day refineries and lubricant plants have signed a petition calling for a dissertation vote to be submitted to the NLRB in early October.
About 650 workers were locked out on May 1 after a deadline passed without a new labor contract, but the number has dropped to about 585 as a result of resignations and retirements from the union, according to union officials. Of these workers, about 500 are outstanding members of the USW.
The rest are still represented by unions under Texas Right-to-Work Act.
Everyone represented by the USW will be eligible to vote in the disqualification vote.
The disarmament vote took place on 19 October after the rejection of an action agreement proposal, in which 400 union members cast ballots.
Exxon said either accepting the contract or uniting the union would end the lockout, which began after the union refused to agree to a contract that would remove the seniority of the job.
The rejected proposal would give Exxon control over the staff of a new crude distillation unit that will add 250,000 barrels per day of capacity in 2024, making Beaumont the largest U.S. oil-processing plant by volume.
The NLRB has not yet ruled on a USW complaint alleging that Exxon supported the disarmament campaign in violation of federal law. The NLRB may withhold votes and may not release results until the union has ruled on the complaint.
If the NLRB does not confiscate the ballots, they can be counted towards the end of the year.
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