Steelworkers union says it will expand strike to 2 BP oil refineries in Ohio, Indiana

Energy Associated Press

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest.

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The United Steelworkers union notified BP Plc. that workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

A BP spokesman said that the company expects to continue operating with replacement workers and doesn't expect a significant effect on production.

About 3,800 steelworkers began a strike Feb. 1 at refineries from California to Kentucky, saying that negotiations with Shell Oil Co. broke down. Shell is negotiating the national contract for other oil companies.