Oil Bargaining History and Achievements

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We are stronger when we stand together in solidarity. 

Under the National Oil Bargaining Program, USW Oil Workers across the country join in solidarity to build our bargaining power. Working together is how we level the playing field and take on Big Oil.

For more than five decades, USW Oil workers have stood united and demonstrated our solidarity in order to better living standards, strengthen job security, and improve health and safety in our workplaces.

We shape the family-sustaining jobs we hold, and we demand what we deserve when the industry outlook is bleak.

This time is no different. When we stand in solidarity, we can rise to take on the challenges ahead of us. 

Past Achievements Include: 

Rate retention and 25 percent shift premium 

Non-contributory pensions and extra paid holiday

First health and safety clauses

Additional paid holiday

125 percent shift premium

30 years = 6 weeks of vacation

Life insurance improvements

$250,000 death benefit for workplace deaths

Company-paid health and safety training

Successorship language

50 percent shift premium, job security provisions, increased death benefit to $500,000 

Preserved NOBP pattern and wage increases in face of major global recession

Process safety improvements and implementation of fatigue management

Fought back against industry- proposed concessions with the first major strike in 30 years

Process safety representatives at smaller facilities, progress made on bringing routine maintenance work back in-house 

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