Tesoro refinery at Anacortes operating despite national strike

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — The Tesoro refinery at Anacortes is continuing to operate despite a national strike by workers represented by the United Steelworkers Union.

The union asked about 3,800 workers at nine refineries, most in Texas and California, to strike shortly after their previous contract expired after midnight. Shell Oil is negotiating on behalf of various refineries.

The union represents about 230 members at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports the president of United Steelworkers Local 12-591 in Skagit County, Steve Garey, is in Florida participating in negotiations.

He says wages and medical insurance are part of the discussions, but staffing and maintenance issues are the biggest sticking points. The union wants the oil companies to give the union a role in determining how many employees are necessary.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.