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Breaking News: USW and Shell reach preliminary agreement



United Steelworkers (USW) today announced that a preliminary agreement was reached with Shell Oil Company for a wage, performance and employment settlement. Shell leads the talks and is consulted with the rest of the industry during the talks.

Three-year pattern deal affects more than 30,000 oil refineries, petrochemical plant, pipeline and terminal employees in 220 USW negotiating units.

"We reached a preliminary agreement because of the solidarity of our members and the industry's willingness to negotiate a contract that is fair to both parties," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

USW does not disclose the details of the proposed The pattern agreement for members has a chance to examine it and vote.

"We look forward to presenting the pattern settlement to our membership," USW International Vice President Tom Conway said. "The Politics Committee unanimously approved the final proposal."

Next The step is to place the national pattern on local units negotiating tables.When local problems are settled in each workplace, the negotiating unit's preliminary agreement is sent to Kim Nibarger, head of the union's National Oil Negotiation Program, for its assessment to ensure that the national pattern is part of negotiating entity's contract.

After Nibarger, gives his approval, it The local contract is sent to members for an explanation and ratification vote. "We believe this proposal reflects the wishes of our members in the oil sector," Nibarger said.

USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed by industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil and service and the public sector. For more information: http://www.usw.org

-Lynn Hancock / USW Spokeswoman


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