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Striking refinery workers will be back to work soon

3 years 11 months 1 week ago Thursday, March 12 2015 Mar 12, 2015 March 12, 2015 9:52 PM March 12, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press
By: Trey Schmaltz

CONVENT - Members of the United Steelworkers union could be back inside a refinery here and others, including the one in Norco, since an agreement has been reached with Shell.

A six-week strike has affected 12 refineries in the United States. The deal between the USW and Royal Dutch Shell could serve as a blueprint for other agreements, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The agreement provides yearly wage increases, works out concerns workers had about benefits and provides a review of staffing and workloads at refineries. The AP reported the union had accused refiners of creating unsafe conditions with extensive overtime requirements and using a growing number of contract workers, who the union says aren't as well-trained as USW members.

Workers in Louisiana at Motiva and Shell plants are expected to return to work once local chapters reach agreements with refineries.
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