LIMA — Husky Lima Refinery Plant Manager Roy Warnock shared details of the company’s settlement offer with employees in a letter dated Tuesday that lays out what the company believes is a strong compensation and benefits package.
The company made a settlement proposal to United Steel Workers union Local 624 Tuesday, as the union has been on strike since May 25.
The company and union have agreed on multiple things, including allowing employees to sell back additional vacation time and an increase in the company’s 401(k) contribution. Employees at the refinery average four to five weeks of vacation and after 20 years are eligible for six weeks of vacation, Warnock said.
The review process for shift change requests would remain unchanged, Warnock said. Last year, the company received 1,200 requests and approved 98 percent of them.
The storehouse and loading jobs the company wants to move to contract workers would not mean layoffs for existing workers, Warnock said. Those employees would be eligible for other work at the refinery.
The company and union disagree about whether Husky’s offer complies with the international agreement. The union has said it cannot take a settlement proposal to a membership vote until it complies. Husky has said that it does. The two sides are scheduled to meet Friday.