USW encourages locked out ExxonMobil workers to vote no on proposal

  • Oct 18, 2021
  • Hardin County News

The employees, represented by USW Local 13-243, have been locked out since May. The vote will be held at the IBEW Local 479 union hall.

The hall on 1430 Spindletop Road is the same workers have been coming to for around half a year to file for their expense payments from the USW’s strike fund.

“The USW believes the Company's offer is subpar compared to industry standards,” information from USW Leadership said. “ExxonMobil is the most profitable oil company in the world with all of the current contract language in place, but they claim the need to remove long-standing contract language so they can stay competitive with an industry that has the same contract language.”

“This is all about control,” leadership continued. “The Union is in the process of educating its members on the details of the offer and is asking the members to stand together and vote NO to this SUBPAR offer.”

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Provisions the union has specifically identified as reasons to vote no include a lack of cost of living raises for certain workers. The majority of workers will not receive a cost of living raise for the next two or up to six years, the documents said.

The union also is concerned about the company’s desire to move workers across lines of productions, jobs, and positions, according to USW Local 13-243 documentation.

On Friday, an ExxonMobil spokesperson reiterated information previously published on the company’s website and in previous Enterprise articles regarding the amended offer.

Based on the information, ExxonMobil believes its requests are not “new or unique within ExxonMobil or the industry” and has answered some employee questions on its own, which can be found online.

The company’s response also restated that this is ExxonMobil’s best offer and if not ratified, it will be reduced. Exxonmobil has met with USW more than 40 times since negotiations began in January, according to Exxonmobil.

“While we are disappointed that it took this long, we are encouraged by this opportunity for a vote on our offer and are supportive of our employees’ rights to have their voice heard,” Exxonmobil posted on social media Friday afternoon following The Enterprise’s request for comment. “To be clear, in order to reach a ratified offer, the Union membership must vote yes through a ratification vote. Once the Company and Union reach a ratified offer, the Company will work with the Union to establish a return to work agreement and return USW-represented employees to the site, ending the lockout.”

“For those of you wondering about the status of the employee led decertification process, regardless of the status of a ratification vote, or end of the lockout, this effort will continue per the guidelines of the NLRB. Don’t fall victim to the Union’s misinformation campaigns,” the post said.