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Teamsters Ratify ‘Strong’ Agreement At Minnesota Refinery - Workers Gain Wage Increases & Job Improvements In Contract After Strike Vote, Investor Engagement

Published Thursday, January 12, 2017
by Teamsters News

(ST. PAUL PARK, MINNESOTA) - Teamsters Local 120 members have overwhelmingly approved a four-year agreement with Western Refining in St. Paul Park, Minnesota that includes a 14% wage increase over the life of the contract, time off improvements and the addition of new jobs to address safety concerns, among other gains. 

The Operators and Maintenance Staff voted 148-to-0 to Strike if a fair agreement could not be reached before the contract’s midnight expiration on New Year’s Eve.

On December 29th, the Union hosted a conference call to update industry analysts and investors of both Western Refining and its acquiring company Tesoro on the status of contract negotiations and warn of a possible facility shutdown.

The St. Paul Park refinery produces up to 100,000 barrels of crude oil products daily, including gasoline and diesel fuel sold by Western’s own SuperAmerica gas and convenience store retail chain.

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