Labor negotiations with Exxon continue

2012-02-03T21:30:00Z 2012-02-03T22:20:04Z Labor negotiations with Exxon continueGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
February 03, 2012 9:30 pm  • 

Contract negotiations between the local United Steelworkers International union and the ExxonMobil refinery in Lockwood are ongoing, with the third extension in less than a week allowing them to continue the talks.

Pam Malek, a spokeswoman for the refinery, said union leadership granted a 24-hour rolling contract extension, meaning they'll give 24 hours notice before any work stoppage.

The union's three-year contract expired on Feb. 1 and they've been in negotiations with refinery officials since January. Earlier this week, they granted a 24-hour extension, followed by a 48-hour one that was to expire at the end of Friday.

Malek declined to release further details, saying that Exxon does not discuss the specifics of ongoing negotiations.

Earlier in the week, USW union officials reached tentative agreements with the ConocoPhillips and CHS plants in Billings and Laurel.



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