Husky Union Claims Problems at Refinery, Company Refutes Claim
By Jeff Fitzgerald, Senior Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
A new day means new twists related to the 48 day old strike by Husky Lima Refinery union workers.
After two days of little progress during contract talks, the union says word is surfacing that there are problems at the refinery.
Salaried personnel and the workers who have crossed the picket line are operating the facility.
United Steelworkers Local 624 President Mike Edelbrock says the problems are beginning to mount because of the lack of experience in the plant.
Wednesday's informational meeting did not last long because there was not much to report after two days of little progress at the negotiating table.
Edelbrock also confirmed, the number of union members crossing the picket lines has risen to 16.
Husky energy late Wednesday afternoon responded to the union's claims related to plant operations, saying the refinery has maintained safe and normal operations during the strike and they continue to maintain normal production levels and ship products on time. Lima refinery Vice-President and General ManagerRroy Warnock says the refinery has had an excellent safety and environmental performance during the strike. Warnock, in a letter released to Your News Now says Husky is disappointed in union leadership in calling the strike and they are looking out for the long term future of the refinery and are still looking to reach a positive outcome during these talks, which resume tomorrow.