WOODS CROSS -- HollyFrontier Corp. employees went to work Wednesday morning after United Steelworkers union finished talks with the oil industry concerning the expiring labor contracts of close to 20,000 employees.
"They reached an agreement (Tuesday night)," said Mike Astin, spokesman for the HollyFrontier operation in Woods Cross. "Everyone's back at work today."
The contracts expired at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday and had an agreement not been made then management would have been forced to run the facility. Contract talks were held on the national level between the USW's National Oil Bargaining Committee and Shell Oil, which is the refining industry's representative.
The deal was announced in statements issued by the two sides Tuesday night, hours before the deadline.
The new contracts affect 450 to 500 employees at the Tesoro and Holly/Frontier refineries in Utah.