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Wood River Refinery workers ratify contract with Phillips 66, averting strike

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As Reuters reported on Sept. 13, 2023, unionized refinery workers at Phillips 66’s Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Ill., ratified a contract with the 356,000 barrel per day refiner in late-stage negotiations on Wednesday.

A majority of about 370 operators in the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 voted Wednesday to accept the proposal, averting a potential strike, the union officials noted in the Reuters news report. The union had been in federally mediated negotiations with the refiner since July, when it rejected a company proposal and sought additional benefits for holiday and vacation hours and pay, among other improvements.

“Phillips 66 values our good relationship with the union, and we are committed to engaging in good-faith bargaining,” a company spokesperson noted earlier last week, adding it believed the company’s offer satisfied that goal.

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