USW Local 5 votes down Chevron’s last, best, and final proposal, preparing for an unfair labor practice strike

Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5 voted down Chevron’s most recent proposal on a contract covering more than 500 workers at its Richmond, Calif., refinery.

The USW encouraged Chevron to return to the bargaining table, but it refused,

forcing workers to give notice of their intent to begin an unfair labor practice strike on March 21 at 12:01 a.m.

The previous contract between Chevron and USW Local 5 expired on Feb. 1, and members have since been working on a rolling 24-hour extension.

“It’s disappointing that Chevron would walk away from the table instead of bargaining in good faith with its dedicated workforce,”

Mike Smith, chair of the USW’s National Oil Bargaining Program.

“The members continued to report for work throughout the pandemic so our nation could meet its energy needs. They deserve a fair contract that reflects their sacrifice.”

The USW reached a pattern agreement with the oil industry on wages and working conditions on Feb.25,

but each of the approximately 200 participating units also bargains over local issues before ratifying their individual contracts.

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in-

metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply, and the energies producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech, and service occupations.

This article was shared with Prittle Prattle News as a Press Release.
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