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OIL WORKERS SET AGENDA FOR 1993 BARGAINING EFFORT

OIL WORKERS SET AGENDA FOR 1993 BARGAINING EFFORT
    DENVER, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Oil worker delegates at the National Oil Bargaining Conference of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers (OCAW) International Union (OCAWIU) here yesterday adopted a 10-point set of proposals that will make up the union's national oil bargaining policy for 1993-96.  The program, to be presented to the United States oil industry in December, includes ground-breaking proposals on health and safety/environmental policy and workforce training.
    The more than 250 conference delegates, who represent some 40,000 oil workers throughout the United States, voted overwhelmingly in favor of the program, said OCAW President Robert E. Wages.
    "To protect the lives of our people in the oil industry's refineries and petrochemical plants, to protect the communities surrounding them and, yes, to protect as well the industry's multi-billion-dollar investment in its facilities, there must be a superbly trained and educated workforce in place," Wages said.  "We've made a tremendous start in that direction with the proposals we formulated in this program.
    "Our training and health-safety-environmental proposals are based on two key premises," he added.  "One, the union and the workers must have a real voice and must play a leading role in the actual training process.  Two, we must be able to work with the industry as a whole, meaning we need a standardized approach -- fragmented, company-by- company programs are inadequate.  We've tried that approach, and it just doesn't work.  Our objective is to elevate the whole concept of workforce training to a completely new level."
    The specific language proposed is:
    "TRAINING:  It is agreed that the training and education of the work force is a necessary predicate to a safe, efficient and productive facility.  It is acknowledged that training must take place pursuant to federal and/or state regulations, including but not limited to training requirements pursuant to the Process Safety Management Standard and other OSHA regulations.  With this in mind, the parties agree to the following:
    1.  The Union shall have equal input and authority over curriculum
        development.
    2.  Training shall occur with bargaining unit workers as designated
         by the Union training their fellow bargaining unit workers.
    3.  Training shall proceed for the purpose of qualifying workers,
        rather than disqualifying workers, and therefore the use of
        written tests for purposes of establishing certification shall
        be prohibited.
    4.  Where OCAWIU has developed curriculum for relevant training, the
        company agrees to afford the Union the opportunity to put in
        place at company expense, on a contract basis, on scheduled work
        time, said training."
    "SAFETY, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT:
    1.  There shall be established the position of a full-time, company-
        paid, bargaining unit health and safety representative as
        selected by the Union, the number of which shall be determined
        by the size and complexity of the facility.
    2.  The company will, at its expense, provide for the training of
        the Union members of the Joint Committee, two times during the
        term of this Agreement, when such training is requested by the
        Union members of the Committee.  Such training shall be limited
        to five days per Committee member and will be conducted by
        qualified individuals, institutions or organizations recognized
        in the field."
    In addition to the health-safety-environment and training proposals, the union will seek:
    -- Three-year contracts to run from Feb. 1, 1993 to Jan. 31, 1996.
    -- Wage increases of $1.25 per hour in each of the first two years
       and a 6-1/2 percent increase in the third year.
    -- Companies to assume 90 percent of medical-hospital insurance
       premium costs, with an agreement to jointly pursue enactment of a
       universal, comprehensive national health care program, including
       establishment of and joint participation in an "OCAW National
       Health Care PAC."
    -- Twelve weeks of unpaid leave per year for each employee for
       purposes of attending to family illness and/or emergency
       involving the family.
    -- Increased pay differentials for shift work.
    -- Improved vacation schedules providing an extra week of vacation
       for employees with 15 and 20 years of service.
    The bargaining demands were recommended to the delegates by the union's National Oil Bargaining Policy Committee, made up of an elected rank-and-file oil worker from each of the union's eight geographical districts, along with the four OCAW administrative officers.  As president, Wages is committee chairman.  After ratification by 75 percent of the union's oil industry bargaining units, the proposals will be presented to the companies around the first of December.
    OCAW represents more than 40,000 oil workers in the United States. Most of them are employed in refineries and petrochemical plants, but others work on pipelines, in marketing, and in the production of crude oil.  The union represents a total of approximately 100,000 workers throughout the country.
    The oil workers are covered by about 300 contracts, most of which expire at midnight, Jan. 31, 1993.  The current national average rate of pay for refinery workers is $17.54 per hour.
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    CONTACT:  Rod Rogers of OCAW, 303-987-2229 CO:  OIL, CHEMICAL AND ATOMIC WORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION IN:  OIL ST:  CO -- DV004 -- X917  10/01/92
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