About 240 hourly workers are on strike at the Husky Energy Inc. oil refinery in Lima, OH. USW Local 624 and Husky Energy failed to reach a contract agreement. Workers took to the picket lines May 25, 2012. The union and Husky could not come to terms in regards to working conditions, safety and use of personal time. Husky maintains that the company needs to reduce a "higher-than-standard" absenteeism rate. Salaried workers are currently maintaining the 155,000-barrels-a-day output of the refinery. Despite quiet, peaceful picket lines, Husky is paying for police presence during the strike.
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