Shell, union resume communications over U.S. refinery contract

HOUSTON Feb 2 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it had resumed communication with the United Steelworkers union (USW) over a contract for refinery workers, as a strike by employees at seven refineries and two plants completed a second day.

“Representatives from Shell and the United Steelworkers union resumed communications on Monday in hopes of coming to a mutually satisfactory contract agreement,” said Shell spokesman Ray Fisher.

The three-year agreement covering workers at 63 refineries accounting for two-thirds of U.S. refinery capacity expired at shortly after midnight on Sunday