Negotiations: Current Status - February 25, 2019

  • The previous Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Company and Union was effective June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2018.  It was extended through June 21 until the Company cancelled the extension.

  • Contract negotiations commenced May 7, 2018.  As of February 2019, the Company and Union met 21 times.

  • On May 25, 2018, Arbitrator Klein ruled on Arbitration 15-190.  The ruling stated  the Company must cease and desist from permanently contracting out represented positions.  Once this ruling was issued, EMRE introduced radically new contracting language to negate the arbitration ruling.  From this point forward, the Company has insisted upon their  contracting language.

  • On June 29, 2018, the Company issued a Last, Best, and Final offer.  That same day the ILEU  filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) due to the Company bargaining in bad faith and the illegality of the offer.  The case number is 22-CA-223073 (link is below).

  • At a Special Meeting on July 10, 2018, the ILEU membership voted for a Strike Authorization due to EMRE's Unfair Labor Practices and bargaining in bad faith.

  • On November 29, 2018 after Day 20 of bargaining, the ILEU filed another ULP  due to coercive statements and continuing to bargain in bad faith.  The case number is 22-CA-232016 (link is below).

  • The NLRB issued a Complaint covering the ULP filed in June (22-CA-223073) on January 29, 2019.  The Complaint was amended on February 21, 2019 incorporating charges from the 22-CA-232016 charge.  (SEE PDF BELOW FOR ALL DETAILS).

  • A hearing before an administrated law judge is set for March 19, 2019 in Newark, NJ.

  • ExxonMobil maintains the NLRB will not affect bargaining moving forward.

  • The next bargaining session is scheduled for February 28, 2019.


Open Items on the Bargaining Table

  1. Changing the Scope of the Bargaining Unit/ Permanently Contracting out represented positions
    • ExxonMobil seeks to change the makeup of the bargaining unit.  They no longer wish to hire Mechanics (electricians, plumbers, HVAC, etc), Maintenance and Operations Assistants, Materials Coordinators, Services Trainees, or Admins as employees.
    • The ILEU filed for arbitration in 2016 over ExxonMobil’s contracting abuse and had a decision rendered in our favor on May 25, 2018 (see CBA and Legal Awards tab, Arbitration 15-190)

  2. Parental Paid Time Off (PPTO)
    • In November 2017, ExxonMobil rolled out a new benefit to all ExxonMobil employees EXCEPT union represented employees in the United States granting 8 weeks of Paid Leave to any new parent through birth or adoption.  The ILEU has attempted to bargain for the benefit.  
    • The Company's current offer is 1 week of PPTO and the Company stated if represented employees want 8 weeks of PPTO, they should "walk away from the bargaining unit."
    • See the PPTO page for more information on the Company’s rollout of the benefit.

  3. Personal Time
    • The ILEU proposed more than seven different variations of a Personal Time policy, or excused time with pay.  
    • Personal time was an accepted past practice until the Company unilaterally changed their policy in 2016.
    • Most other unions inside of ExxonMobil as well as all non-represented employees include a Personal Time Policy in their compensation package.  Prior to relocating to Clinton due to the NJ Relocation Project, Mobilab union members from the Paulsboro facility received Personal Time.

  4. Wages
    • ExxonMobil Research & Engineering current wage offer for a four year contract is 1% Year 1, 1.5% Year 2, 2.0% Year 3, and 2.5% Year 4 with no retroactivity (therefore 0% from June 2018 until present) with a $2,500 ratification bonus.
    • The Company’s proposed wages do not meet projected inflation.
    • ExxonMobil's recent contracts with other unions have averaged more than 3% each year of the contract.
    • In a handout to represented employees, the Company promised non-represented employees are paid higher wages.

Relavant Links and Documents



Related Court Documents

Updated Complaint February -21-2019 for 22-CA-218903, 22-CA-223073, and 22-CA-232016.pdf