HOUSTON (Reuters) - A strike by the United Steelworkers (USW) local union at the Marathon Petroleum Corp Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas, will continue as long as the company refuses to accept the terms of a newly-negotiated national agreement without encumberances, said a union official on Friday.
The national agreement, often referred to as "the pattern agreement," reached on Thursday by officials from the union and lead refinery owner negotiator Shell Oil Co is supposed to be offered by the companies at all refineries and chemical plants represented by the USW.
"The company refuses to offer the pattern unencumbered," said W.E. Sanders, sub-director for USW District 13. "The company clearly knows its obligations under the pattern."
Marathon was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Diane Craft)