Stalemate in Exxon Texas refinery lockout continues

No new proposals for ending a two-month lockout of 650 United Steelworkers union members from Exxon Mobil Corp’s Beaumont, Texas refinery were made during a meeting this week, said union and company spokespeople, as reported by Reuters.

The lead negotiators for both sides met on Wednesday, but no proposals were exchanged, the spokespeople said.

Exxon locked out the workers on May 1 citing the risk of a strike. The USW has said the company’s last proposal requires its members to give up long-standing seniority and would create a separate contract for workers in a lube oil plant from that for workers in the refinery, the report added.

Exxon has said the proposal would give it flexibility to be profitable in even low-margin environments.

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