HOUSTON—Exxon Mobil Corp on Wednesday offered its first concession in a new contract proposal to locked-out workers to include some seniority protection at its Beaumont, Texas, refinery and lube oil plant.
Exxon laid off some 650 workers at its 369,000-barrel-per-day refinery on May 1, replacing them with temporary workers, and said the company feared the strike could disrupt production.
“The revised proposal, which comes after months of goodwill bargaining meetings, provides further support to the concerns of our represented employees about safety and seniority,” spokeswoman Julie King said in an email.
Leaders of the United Steelworkers Union (USW) Local 13-243, which represents locked-out workers, said Exxon’s new offering fell short.
“While these changes have been recognized by the company as movement, a comprehensive 40-page offering in total is still desired,” the leaders said in a statement issued Wednesday night.
The leaders said Exxon had not withdrawn proposals that would eliminate lead operator positions, give operators the right to move operators between different units regardless of job seniority and allow workers to bid for open jobs. Will end the practice.
“These three proposals alone are still a direct attack on the core values of security, seniority and security of the Sangh,” he said.
The new proposal includes seniority protection for job transfers between the lubricants and refinery parts of the premises.
USW 13-243 leaders said this was not a change, but clarified what Exxon had said earlier.
Exxon said it also included warehouse operator promotions in layoff protection and lubricants for certain jobs.
USW leaders said the proposal could result in the elimination of one department and job cuts in another.
The refinery and lube plant continues to produce motor fuels and Mobil 1 oil with managers and supervisors.
If the new offer is confirmed before November 1, employees will receive a $500 bonus, Exxon said.
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