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Union workers agree to return to work at Marathon refinery

July 1, 2021 GMT

ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. (AP) — Union workers have voted to return to their jobs at the Marathon Petroleum refinery in St. Paul Park, Teamsters officials announced Thursday.

About 200 workers have been idled since January in what the union called a lockout and the refinery called a strike. The employees plan to resume work on Tuesday.

The union said the company’s revised offer included protections that limit the company’s ability to outsource work traditionally done by the refinery’s “highly trained, safety conscious permanent maintenance personnel.”

A proposal by a Democratic state senator to require oil refineries to employ only skilled and highly trained workers, an amendment related to the Marathon dispute, was shot down last month by the Republican-controlled Senate.