- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - Hourly workers at the Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s Catlettsburg Refinery are returning to work this week.

The Independent reports (https://bit.ly/1afWxqm) the workers, who are represented by United Steelworkers, ended a two-month work stoppage on Friday.

They walked off their jobs on Feb. 1 as part of the largest strike by U.S. refinery workers in 35 years.

The refinery continued production during the strike with salaried employees. Union negotiator Dave Martin said the hourly workers are expected to take over operations on Saturday.

The new contract includes a 12 percent raise over four years and fatigue policy where a worker must be given a day off after certain triggers are met. But there were also some scheduling provisions the workers were unhappy with. And they lost 13 union jobs in the operations department, Martin said.

Workers voted to accept the contract 226-153.

Marathon spokesman Chuck Rice said the company is please the contract was ratified.

Workers at 15 plants walked off their jobs while the USW was negotiating a national agreement governing wages, benefits and safety policies with lead U.S. refinery owner negotiator Shell Oil Co.

Union negotiators reached a tentative agreement with Shell, subject to ratification by local union chapters, on March 12.

Workers at several locations, including the Catlettsburg refinery, continued work stoppages while local issues were negotiated.

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Information from: The Independent, https://www.dailyindependent.com

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