Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Amoco Reaches Agreement with Oil, Chemical Union

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Amoco Reaches Agreement with Oil, Chemical Union

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By Martha Bryson Hodel

Associated Press

The Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union reached an agreement Monday while the United Mine Workers called a strike.

The 40,000 members of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union, which represents virtually all the oil field, refinery and pipeline workers in the country, reached an agreement with Amoco Corp..

If the contract is ratified by Amoco workers, it will be the model other oil companies follow in drafting contracts.

Robert Wages, president of the Denver-based union, said there still was a strong possibility of a strike by refinery workers in the San Francisco Bay area, where negotiations were stalled over local issues.

He said the agreement OCAW reached with Amoco calls for employees to receive pay increases of $1.95 per hour over the next three years. They now earn $17.54 per hour. OCAW had sought a $3.85-per-hour increase over three years, and Amoco initially offered $1.63, he said.

The tentative agreement also includes a hospital-medical premium cost plan whereby Amoco would pay 80 percent of costs, and a family leave agreement providing a minimum 12 weeks paid leave, Wages said. The union had been seeking 90 percent. Some oil companies pay less than 80 percent, a union spokesman said.

About 300 contracts covering the union members were scheduled to expire at midnight Sunday, but they were extended for one day except in the San Francisco area, Wages said.

He said the main impediment to an agreement there is the issue of parity between the pay of San Francisco-area workers and their counterparts in the Los Angeles area.

The United Mine Workers called a strike Monday against selected subsidiaries of the nation's largest coal producer, while oil workers reached a new contract that is expected to set a pattern for the oil industry.

The miners said the strike against Peabody Holding Co. Inc. of St. Louis would begin at midnight local time and affect more than 7,700 employees of Peabody, which has operations in nine states. …

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