Negotiations continue between Husky, union

By Mackenzi Klemann -

LIMA — Negotiations between Husky Lima Refinery and the United Steel Workers Local 624 are continuing as the union hopes to renew its contract with Husky for the first time since 2015.

The contract, which covers 220 workers, expired at midnight April 14 but has been extended on a 24-hour rolling basis to allow the two parties additional time to reach an agreement. The union may vote to accept a new contract or go on strike at any time if negotiations break down.

Before the old contract expired in April, USW Local 624 President Michael Edelbrock told The Lima News the union was focused on working conditions, wages and other issues at the refinery.

Mel Duvall, senior media and issues manager for Husky Energy, confirmed that negotiations were ongoing as of Tuesday afternoon. Duvall said the company’s goal is to reach a “fair and balanced agreement that is good for the refinery and its workers.”

Work at the refinery will continue as normal unless the union calls a strike.

Husky Lima workers have not gone on strike since 2012, when the union protested working conditions and safety issues at the refinery as Husky sought greater flexibility and lower pay for new employees and workers in training.

The 2012 strike lasted about four months, ending in October after Husky advertised that it would be searching for replacement workers. The union ended the strike and reached an agreement with the company shortly after.

By Mackenzi Klemann

Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.

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