Greater than 500 staff at Chevron’s (NYSE:CVX) Richmond, Calif., refinery have informed the corporate they may go on strike at midnight tonight, Related Press stories, after negotiations failed to succeed in settlement on a brand new labor contract.
Chevron reportedly has begun turning over some operations to substitute staff on the 245K bbl/day refinery close to San Francisco.
If the strike shuts down the refinery, it may affect gasoline provides in California, which has a number of the highest gasoline costs within the U.S. with unleaded common gasoline on Sunday promoting for $5.847/gal and diesel for $6.258/gal, based on AAA.
The United Steelworkers union and U.S. refiners reached a nationwide settlement final month that gives a 12% pay increase over 4 years to the union’s ~30K members at oil and chemical firms, however every native union individually negotiates a contract masking plant-specific points, and Richmond staff have twice voted down Chevron’s supply.
Pointing to the inventory’s robust YTD efficiency, J.P. Morgan lately downgraded Chevron to a Promote ranking.