To: All BMRF/B&P Employees
The purpose of this note is to keep you informed of bargaining and to address a false rumor about the union’s dismissed NLRB charge against the Company on the Savings Plan match suspension.
Bargaining Session #54; November 1, 2021
In an extended session yesterday, November 1, a small group of representatives from both the Company and the union met to continue bargaining discussions. Once again, no progress was made.
As always, the Company considered the union’s feedback, but the union mostly repeated what it has said for months. As we shared with their representatives, the union still has not come close to meeting any of the objectives we have discussed at length since January. After the meeting, the parties remain far apart on the key issues.
The Company’s offer
As previously communicated, absent ratification the Company’s offer has been reduced by the following provisions effective November 1.
November 1, 2021 Changes
- $500 Ratification bonus has been removed
- Wage increases for all employees in 2021 have been removed
- The right to grieve/arbitrate employee resignations has been removed
In other news: U.S. ExxonMobil Savings Plan Match
On October 20, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board dismissed USW Local 13-243’s charge that the Company violated the National Labor Relations Act when it suspended the Company’s 7% matching contributions to the U.S. ExxonMobil Savings Plan for one year starting in October 2020 (see ExxonMobil Oil Corporation Dismissal Letter). Although the Union’s charge has been dismissed, effective October 1, 2021, the Company reinstated the program, including at the Beaumont facility, and notified all locked out and active employees of the reinstatement.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions. You can find more information at www.embeaumont.com.