A strike at a Chevron refinery in California could send gas prices spiking even higher...
Because 500 workers at the Bay Area facility went on strike Monday morning, after rejecting the company's latest contract offer.
And while Chevron says it doesn't expect any supply chain issues, some are worried it could further impact gas prices in a state that already has the highest average in the nation at $5.85 per gallon.
In a statement to KPIX News, Chevron wrote:
Unfortunately, the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5 has called for a strike at Chevron Richmond which is expected to go into effect the evening of March 20. We believe our contract offer is fair, competitive, and responsive to USW concerns. We have negotiated in good faith for months, reaching two tentative agreements that were rejected by the union, and we are ready to continue discussions with USW so we can reach an equitable agreement. However, the union’s demands exceeded what the company believes to be reasonable and moved beyond what was agreed to as part of the national pattern bargaining agreement. Currently in California, six of the nine USW-represented locations have ratified agreements with the same pattern wages and terms, and this includes two Bay Area employers (P66 and Martinez Refining).
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