Tenative Agreement on Local Issues

We reached tentative agreement on local items late this afternoon with the Company. We weren’t able to get everything we might have liked but we were able this afternoon to reach an agreement that reduces the length of time a person can work in the R.O.S.E. classification.

The Company has agreed that the longest a person can work in the R.O.S.E. is one year. If a R.O.S.E. works one full year they will be offered regular employment. The Union agreed to increase the probationary period from 120 days worked to one year. For R.O.S.E. employees the time spent working as a R.O.S.E. will count toward the probationary period. We also agreed on how to handle employees now caught between the present language and the new language.

The other items we negotiated include changes in the Marlo Foster letter. It should help spread overtime to the upper posts in the progression charts and generally equalize overtime opportunity. We also have agreed with the Company to sit down after the contract is signed and further discuss the Chub post and how to man it.

We now have a twelve hour training schedule for process training. We have an agreement to allow all of the Patch operators to freeze if they choose to.

We also have new language concerning grievances and arbitration. This will streamline the time line for us getting grievances resolved.

We appreciate everyone’s patience during this stressful period. There are still very difficult issues with National Oil Bargaining. It is likely most of the industry will be offered 24 hour rolling extensions. Unfortunately there are problems unique to ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil at the present time has not indicated a willingness to agree to the safety language being developed. I don’t know what direction it will go. Tomorrow will be the crucial day for knowing if we are included in the rolling extension. When we know we will get the information to you as soon as possible.

Dave Noell

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