Steelworkers were on the picket line Monday outside the March Point Tesoro refinery which continues to operate with non-union personnel, according to the company.
“We are extremely disappointed by USW local bargaining units’ decision to strike. We have bargained in good faith and were prepared to continue to do so. The national United Steelworkers union instead chose to call for a strike,” said Keith Casey, Executive Vice President, Operations, Tesoro.
“We intend to safely operate our refineries with fully qualified personnel and are confident in our ability to continue to responsibly produce transportation fuels to meet the needs of our customers,” said Casey.
As a result of the Company’s comprehensive approach to strike contingency planning, Tesoro successfully made the transition to operating the Carson portion of its Los Angeles refinery Sunday morning despite the USW violating the longstanding practice of providing a minimum of 24 hours’ strike notice.
The Company also safely completed transition of operations at its Anacortes refinery on Sunday.
Nine refineries were struck, including three operated by Tesoro, two operated by Shell, though not the March Point refinery, and refineries operated by Marathon and LyondellBassell.
Shell seemed to be the major target of the United Steelworkers Union. “Shell refused to provide us with a counter-offer and left the bargaining table,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “We had no choice but to give notice of a work stoppage.”