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OCAW ACCEPTS OFFER FROM AMOCO; SETTLEMENT TO SET PATTERN FOR OIL WORKERS NATIONWIDE

 LAKEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- An offer from Amoco Oil Co., providing for a general wage increase of $1.95 per hour over three years has been accepted by the National Oil Bargaining Policy Committee of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union (OCAW).
 The offer was presented to the union this morning at several Amoco refineries across the country. Nationwide, Amoco employs about 4,500 workers covered by OCAW contracts.
 The Amoco proposal is expected to set a pattern for the current round of negotiations with the oil industry in the United States, OCAW President Robert E. Wages said.
 Effective today, a wage increase of 3.5 percent -- which is equivalent to 61 cents per hour based on the current weighted average for refinery workers of $17.54 -- goes into effect. On Feb. 1, 1994, an additional increase of 3.5 percent (64 cents) will occur, and on Feb. 1, 1995, there will be a 70 cent-per-hour (3.7 percent) increase for the final year of the agreement.
 "As in the past," Wages said in a message to OCAW oil groups, "there will be two acceptable approaches to the hospital/medical issue: the 80-percent/20-percent approach (whereby the company contributes 80 percent of premium costs) set forth in the Amoco proposals, or the fixed dollar increased contributions of $20 per month first year; $25 per month second year and $25 per month third year."
 Also negotiated was a family leave agreement to enable employees to take a minimum 12-week unpaid leave of absence "in the event of a birth or adoption of a child or the serious illness of a child, spouse or parent."
 "What we've negotiated here will be superior to the expected federal legislation on family leave," Wages said. "Our terms will provide, among other things, guaranteed accrual of credited company service for people on leave, and they also will be returning to the job they were doing when they left."
 Amoco also will, "at its expense, provide training for the Union- represented Health and Safety Committee members. Such training shall take place twice during a three-year agreement." This will double the amount of training for committee members. Also, the parties signed a "Letter of Understanding" on providing for joint union-company action on the conducting of training and curriculum development.
 Finally, in another letter of understanding, the parties agreed to begin implementing a plan to utilize "union represented employees from the local bargaining unit toward the objective of improving health and safety in the plant."
 "We're satisfied that this agreement advances the interests and welfare of OCAW oil workers during a troubling time, and that we have laid the groundwork during these talks for making tremendous strides forward in protecting the health and safety of our members and their families who work in and live near the dangerous industrial facilities of the oil industry," Wages commented.
 But he expressed disappointment that the companies chose to ignore the union's proposal that the industry join with it in pursuing a legislative solution to the health care crisis that exists in the United States. "These joint efforts (to seek enactment of a national health care program) will include the education of employees...and the agreement of the company to an OCAW National Health Care PAC," stated the union's proposal.
 "Evidently, it's more important to them that they make every effort not to offend the private insurance industry, which is at the core of the problem with our current health care system," he said. "A truly comprehensive, universal health care program based on a single-payer model would benefit the oil industry -- indeed, all industry -- as well as the rest of us. But corporate financial ties obviously run thicker than the blood of the people of this nation."
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 /CONTACT: Rod Rogers of OCAW, 303-987-2229/


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