LaborPress

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on google
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Shell, Steelworkers Reach Contract Deal

March 19, 2015
By LaborPress

Steelworkers President Leo Gerard

Negotiators from the United Steelworkers and Shell Oil reached agreement March 12 on a new national contract, opening the way to ending a six-week strike at 15 oil refineries. The tentative deal includes a 12% raise over four years, and Steelworkers President Leo Gerard said it won “won vast improvements in safety and staffing.”

The unfair-labor-practice strike, the largest in the industry since 1980, began Feb. 1 at nine refineries and spread to more than 6,500 of the 30,000 oil workers represented by the Steelworkers. The biggest issues for the strikers were outsourcing and overwork; refinery workers are often forced to work 12-hour shifts for several weeks straight. Shell insisted that staffing issues were its business, but the union won a role in reviewing them at each plant. Local issues remain an obstacle to ending the strike at several refineries. Read more

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on google
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Join Our Newsletter Today