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JACOBS IMC WORKERS OK CONTRACT, END LOCKOUT

Aug. 19, 2001 — More than 500 unionized employees of a Hovensa refinery contractor will return to work Monday after members ratified a new contract on Friday.
The approval of the contract by 172 members of the 500-strong Untied Steelworkers of America Local 8248 ended a two-day lockout that began Thursday by Jacobs IMC, Hovensa’s primary maintenance contractor. The vote to approve was 144 to 28, according to a report in the Daily News.
The lockout began Thursday morning after members of Local 8248 rejected a contract at midnight Wednesday. Negotiations between the company and union officials had been going on for two weeks before the vote.
In subsequent negotiations, concessions were made on sick pay, severance pay, vacation pay and bereavement pay and company insurance contributions. Demands for wage increases by the union were rejected by the company, which, according to published reports, said it couldn’t afford.

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