September 25, 2012 / 2:12 AM / 5 years ago

Husky Lima refinery declares impasse in USW strike

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Husky Energy Inc. (HSE.TO) declared on Monday it had reached an impasse with the United Steelworkers union (USW) in a four-month strike at the company’s 155,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Lima, Ohio, refinery.

The declaration comes a day after workers in USW local 624 voted to reject a contract proposal put forward by Husky. The union had been planning to resume negotiations with Husky for a contract.

In labor negotiations, declaring an impasse is a necessary step before imposing unilateral terms of employment.

“The union leadership has kept our employees off the job for four months and it is apparent they do not want to come back to work,” said Husky spokesman Mel Duvall.

The refinery has continued to operate with interruption since the strike began.

Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Ed Davies

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