ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery Plant Manager Rozena Dendy released a new video message on the ongoing negotiations with the United Steelworkers and the lockout.
Perhaps, you’ve likely seen news reports or my first video about our negotiations with the United Steelworkers union. Since January, we’ve engaged the Union in extensive, good-faith efforts to reach an agreement for a new contract.
Unfortunately, we still have not reached an agreement with the Union, employees haven’t been able to vote, and we still face a real risk of a strike.
As a result, the Company is moving forward with a lockout. Starting today at 10 a.m., USW-represented workers will be locked out a new agreement is reached.
So what does that mean for you?
First, you can be confident that we are taking measures to continue to operate safely and reliably.
However, this also may mean you may see increased activity around our facilities, including potential demonstrators at our entrance gates.
We know this may increase concern, but rest assured we’re working with local authorities to promote safety of both our employees and neighbors like you.
In addition, we remain hopeful that we will reach an agreement for a new contract with the Union that would end the work stoppage.
In the meantime, we regret any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your continued patience and understanding. Thank you and please continue to stay safe and healthy.