How Bargaining Works

We build solidarity and bargain three ways in the oil industry:

The National Oil Bargaining Program (NOBP)

The NOBP allows us to bargain together, with one voice. The program sets an industry pattern that standardizes wages and benefits at U.S. oil refineries.

At the NOBP Conference, which will take place September 23-26, 2018 in San Diego, Cal., local union delegates will set goals for oil bargaining, creating the National Oil Bargaining Policy. Delegates will take the policy back to their locals, which will then vote to ratify it.

This policy includes the key demands that we will take into bargaining.

Every three years, delegates to the NOBP conference elect rank-and-file oil workers from five geographic regions to be members (or alternates) of the Policy Committee.

USW leadership works together with the Policy Committee to bargain with the industry.

The current policy committee members and alternates were elected by delegated to the NOB conference in 2016.

Region A  

Steve Bohney 
BP, Local 7-1
Whiting, Ind.

Eric Sweeney (alternate)
Ineos, Local 1-626
Lima, Ohio

Region B    

DeVon Crawford
Monroe Energy, Local 10-234
Trainer, Penn.


Region C    

Robert Cammarn
HollyFrontier, Local 241
El Dorado, Kan.

Robin Tokach (alternate)
Andeavor, Local 10
Mandan, N.D.

Region D    

Ryan Anderson
Andeavor, Local 12-591
Anacortes, Wash.

Casey Wardell (alternate)
HollyFrontier, Local 12-578
Woods Cross, Utah

Region E    

Clay Bonin
Hunstman Petrochemical
Local 228
Port Neches, Texas



Councils play a role in bringing proposal ideas to the National Oil Bargaining Conference.

Councils by employer:

Local Union Bargaining

Local Union Bargaining Committee Members negotiate with employers about local issues. Then members of the local vote to ratify a collective bargaining agreement.