Striking workers at Ohio's Husky Energy Inc. refinery take vote

LIMA, Ohio - Union leaders at a striking oil refinery in northern Ohio are urging members to oppose Husky Energy Inc.'s latest contract proposal in voting taking place Sunday.

Some 240 employees at the plant are represented by United Steel Workers Local 624. Workers have been striking since May 25 over safety issues and working conditions.

The Lima News reports Husky spokesman Mel Duvall says the current proposal includes substantial pay raises, increases in retirement benefits, and no changes in health care.

Union president Mike Edelbrock tells the newspaper the deal would not increase wages above any other American refinery and retirement isn't enhanced.

Production at the refinery is continuing during the strike, with salaried employees doing the jobs of union members. The refinery puts out 155,000 barrels of oil a day.

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