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National Oil Bargaining gives us strength in numbers when we bargain with Big
Oil.

In the coming months, our union will begin bargaining with the oil industry to set
a pattern that will determine wages, benefits, and safety protocols across
almost all USW oil refineries.

The National Oil Bargaining Program allows us to bargain together, with one
voice. With strength in numbers and a promise to stand up for each other, we
can level the playing field and win fair contracts even as we face the world’s
richest and most powerful companies.

Setting Our Priorities

This month, delegates from all of our refineries will gather in Pittsburgh to draft
the National Oil Bargaining Policy. This Policy includes the key demands that
we will take into bargaining.

All members have an opportunity to vote on this Policy before bargaining. By
adopting and ratifying the Policy, we affirm that these are the issues we want to
have addressed in bargaining, and that we’ll do whatever it takes— including
the last resort of going on strike — to achieve these goals.

Bargaining with the Industry

After the Policy is adopted and ratified, USW leadership works together with an
elected rank-and-file Policy Committee to begin bargaining with the industry.
When this Committee believes we’ve reached an agreement that meets our
goals, that agreement becomes the National Oil Bargaining Pattern.

This Pattern lays out minimum standards on economics, safety, who performs
the work in our refineries, and other contract language that must appear in
every agreement. National Oil Bargaining works because we all commit that we
will not accept any deal that falls short of the Pattern and undercuts everyone
else.

Building Strength Together

National Oil Bargaining has been successful because of the strength,
solidarity, and discipline of our Oil Workers. By working together — and fighting
together, when necessary — we’ve made gains that would have been
impossible if we tried to take on these companies as separate sites.

The oil companies know this, and many would like to break the program. But if
we continue to work together — and we keep our commitment to fight for each
other — we can bargain with strength and win contracts that protect our jobs,
our safety, and our livelihoods.

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