TUCSON, Ariz., April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that Congressman Raúl Grijalva will join union members and officials, their families and community supporters on Fri., April 22, to deliver more than 5,000 signed petitions to Asarco management, calling for a fair contract for workers at the company's five U.S. copper mining and processing facilities.
Although their previous contract expired on June 30, 2013, more than 2,000 hourly production and maintenance employees who belong to eight different international unions have continued working under its terms and conditions while negotiations on a new labor agreement proceed.
However, on Dec. 1, 2015, Asarco unilaterally implemented its "last, best and final offer," changing pay and benefits without first bargaining over the changes with the unions.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is prosecuting Asarco for its unlawful implementation, along with a long list of previous complaints that include unilaterally changing working conditions, failing or refusing to bargain and discrimination against union workers. Hearings on those complaints began on March 15 and are scheduled to continue in May.
WHO: Rep. Raúl Grijalva, union workers and their family members, community supporters
WHAT: Delivering over 5,000 petitions to the headquarters in giant containers with colorful signs and loud chanting
WHEN:11a.m. on Fri. April 22, 2016
WHERE: Asarco corporate office – 5285 E. Williams Cir., Tucson, Az. 85711
The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.