Workers at Exxon Mobil refinery in Texas vote to retain USW union after lockout

Logo of the Exxon Mobil Corp is seen at the Rio Oil and Gas Expo and Conference in Rio de Janeiro

(This March 14 story corrects headline to USW)

(Reuters) - The United Steelworkers union (USW) won a vote to continue representing workers at an Exxon Mobil Corp refinery in Beaumont, Texas, according to people familiar with the matter.

A vote count showed those opposing the union fell short of the 50% plus one vote of ballots cast needed to remove the USW from the large refinery and oil packaging facility. Workers seeking to decertify the union cast 229 of the 495 ballots submitted, the people said.

(Reporting by Erwin Seba in Beaumont, Texas)