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OCAW TO ANNOUNCE STRIKE ACTION IN BAY AREA; NEWS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR NOON TODAY

 MARTINEZ, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Strike action at one or more oil refineries in the San Francisco Bay Area will commence today, said International Representative Ron Holloway of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers (OCAW) International Union. A news conference to announce the details will be held at noon today at the OCAW Local 1-5 union hall, 1015 Estudillo St., in Martinez.
 Labor agreements for refinery workers in the Bay Area expired at midnight Sunday, Jan. 31. Since then, the oil workers there have been working without a contract while negotiations have continued. The failure of the companies to address three main issues has created the current situation, Holloway said.
 "We have proposed that a fulltime union position of environmental monitor be created to monitor air quality in and around these plants, among other duties," said Holloway. "Also, our people in the area want Martin Luther King's birthday to be a paid holiday. Finally, we want the companies to address the issue of wage equity with southern California refineries. There's a lot of anger and frustration because of the arrogance the companies are displaying. Things have reached a boiling point."
 Some 2,700 OCAW members work in the Bay Area refining industry.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Holloway or Jim Payne, both of OCAW, 510-228-3100/


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