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Steelworkers approve contract with Total

PORT ARTHUR - Union members have approved a new contract with the Total Refinery in Port Arthur.

The United Steelworkers Union okayed a four year deal during two ratification meetings Thursday, according to information provided to KFDM News by Richard 'Hoot' Landry of the USW.

The contract follows the national pattern set by Shell and the union.

In other labor news, Landry tells KFDM the union submitted a proposal to ExxonMobil last week and is awaiting a response.

Coming up after the baskeball game:
Some of the stories we are working on for the late News tonight on KFDM immediately after the basketball game.
There's fair, but a little windy, weather for the Fair opening tonight. The crowds have flooded in.
Should the Legislature ban texting while driving?  We dig into the controversy.
A family files suit over the death of their daughter in a head-on I-10 crash.
The Board of Realtors sees this is as a good time to buy houses here. We'll tell you why.

Program note -- 6 News Tonight will air after the basketball game
Program Note  -- Because of the NCAA Tournament, "March Madness," tonight's late news will be delayed till after the game scheduled to start on CBS at 8:45.  Stay with us.  It was a busy news day.

Gulf Copper issues statement on worker's death

PORT ARTHUR -- Gulf Copper has released the following statement on the death of Jose F. Vargas on Wednesday at the firms Central Yard in Port Arthur.

"Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporation in Port Arthur, Texas is saddened to report the passing of Jose F. Vargas on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Mr. Vargas’ death was result of injuries suffered in an accident while working at Gulf Copper's Central yard in Port Arthur, Texas. Mr. Vargas was a valued member of the Gulf Copper team and worked for many years as a combination welder-fitter.

"Gulf Copper is cooperating fully with the authorities to determine the cause and circumstances of this tragic accident and cannot at this time provide details of the ongoing investigation." 


The statement said questions referring to the above statement can be referred to Steve Hale with the firm.

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