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Billings refinery ratify new contract

Posted at 7:50 AM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 09:50:24-05

BILLINGS – Union workers voted to approve a new three-year contract at the Billings ExxonMobil refinery on Monday evening.

The offer from the company and United Steelworkers local 11-470 will be finalized in the coming days, company officials said.

“The contract negotiations process can sometimes take extra time and work to get to a mutual agreement. The company and union baragined in good faith and reached an agreement that is an important step forward for the Billings refinery,” ExxonMobil spokesman Dan Carter told MTN News.

The vote came after negotiators for both sides reached a tentative deal on Saturday. The union’s 140 members had previously rejected a negotiated deal last month, largely over local issues involving operator classification and pay.

The two sides had continued working after the initial no vote, and operations were never halted at the plant.

-Jeanelle Slade reporting for MTN News