By BEN LEFEBVRE
Union workers at three more Tesoro refineries have rejected
new labor contracts, setting up the potential for a
A general strike at Tesoro's refineries still negotiating
contracts could shut down a combined 500,000 bpd of refining capacity.
United Steelworker (USW) locals at Tesoro's refineries in
Anacortes, Wash., Martinez, Calif., and Kapolei, Hawaii, voted
against the tentative three-year contract agreed upon on Jan.
31 by the union's national representatives and Royal Dutch
Shell's US arm Shell Oil.
Workers at Tesoro's Mandan, N.D., refinery are in negotiations after
having rejected the contract earlier in the month, while those
at the company's Salt Lake City, Utah, facility haven't voted
on the contract, said USW spokeswoman Lynne
A strike at Tesoro's refineries wouldn't spread to those run by
other companies, she added.
"The three sites that have turned down the company's offer have
each requested further discussions," Tesoro spokeswoman Tina
At the Tesoro 120,000 bpd Anacortes refinery, where an April 2010
explosion killed seven people, 98% of voting USW members
rejected the contract, according to the local union's
At dispute was Tesoro's plan to leave employee benefits open
to change without bargaining during the next three years,
according to the website.
Union members at the Anacortes refinery have threatened a
strike, but so far there has been no concrete action toward a
work stoppage, Hancock said.
The union local at Marathon Petroleums refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky.,
rejected the tentative contract last week.
The union and Marathon management continue negotiations,
Dow Jones Newswires
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