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HOUSTON (Reuters) – Union workers on strike in Chevron Corp’s (NYSE:) Richmond, Calif. refinery voted on Saturday to ratify the company’s latest proposed contract, ending a 10-week strike without meeting its target for additional pay to address rising healthcare costs health, said sources close to the voter.
About 500 workers represented by Local 12-5 of the United Steelworkers (USW) union went on strike March 21 over a wage dispute over rising health care costs in recent years. years in the San Francisco Bay Area where the 245,271 barrel-a-day refinery is located.
Chevron said the strikers would return to work within weeks of the contract being ratified. At least 60 workers had crossed the picket line and returned to the refinery before a tentative agreement was reached on Thursday.
Sources said Local 12-5 members ratified the contract by a narrow margin on Saturday.
Spokespersons for both parties were not immediately available on Saturday.
The contract ratified on Saturday contains the terms of the national agreement reached between USW International negotiators and refinery owners in February, which provides for a 12% wage increase over four years, the sources said.
The strike began because of long-simmering frustration among union members over rising costs for their share of health care.
To make up the difference, Local 12-5 requested a 5% wage increase in addition to the wage increase provided for in the national agreement. Chevron did not offer the local wage increase before the strike. This was not part of the ratified contract.
On May 13, the USW filed a complaint against Chevron with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, alleging the company changed terms of employment, took enforcement action, including surveillance, and refused to negotiate. with the union.
Chevron kept the refinery running with managers, supervisors and workers crossing the picket line.