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Tesoro Oil Refinery Workers Prepared To Strike

Members of the United Steelworkers approved a strike authorization, the latest step in stalled contract negotiations with the company.

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Union workers at the Tesoro Corp. oil refinery at Mandan, N.D. are prepared to go on strike if contract negotiations continue to stall.

Members of the United Steelworkers approved a strike authorization on Wednesday, though they have not called for a strike. Local union president Javier Montoya says the authorization will allow the union employees to stop work if it's deemed necessary.

An administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board ruled earlier this year that Tesoro should have bargained with the union before cutting pensions and benefits last year, and ordered Tesoro to bargain. Tesoro has appealed that decision.

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