Asarco miners end strike, look to continue to fight

Vol. 84/No. 28 - July 20, 2020

After nearly nine months on the picket line in a bitter strike against Asarco copper and its international parent, Grupo Mexico, the United Steelworkers and six other unions representing 1,700 miners in Arizona and Texas ended their strike July 6.…


Independent truckers rally over attacks on their pay

Vol. 84/No. 19 - May 18, 2020

FONTANA, Calif. — With horns blasting and big rig truck cabs plastered with signs saying, “No to cheap freight,” “Enough is enough!” and “Stop abusive brokers,” 50 owner-operators convoyed from here to Los Angeles May 1. They joined with 60…



‘We still got a job to do in this strike,’ Asarco miners say

Vol. 84/No. 16 - April 27, 2020

“We’re still hanging in there — rolling with the punches,” Kevin Chiquete, chairman of United Steelworkers Local 915’s hardship committee and a diesel electric mechanic at the Ray Mine in Kearny, Arizona, told the   Militant  April 11. “We’ve still got…


Strike against Asarco union busting continues

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020

“We’re still standing strong and have no trouble keeping the picket lines going,” striking copper miner Lyle Murphy told the Militant by phone April 7. Murphy is president of United Steelworkers Local 5252 in Kearny, Arizona, and has worked at…


Copper miners strike against Asarco union busting nears six-month mark

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020

AS WE GO TO PRESS… Picketing is “constitutionally protected” activity, United Steelworkers Local 886 President Greg Romero said in a March 31 letter to strikers, affirming that pickets remain 24/7 at Asarco’s Hayden complex. Pickets at Mission and Silver Bell…


Asarco strikers fight continues against bosses’ union busting

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

“The strike lines are still up,” Alex Terrazas, United Steelworkers Local 937 union president, told the Militant by phone March 23. Terrazas, a worker at Asarco’s Mission Mine near Tucson, Arizona, was referring to the strike by 1,700 copper miners…


Back strikers’ five monthlong battle against Asarco union busting

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

Five months into their strike, over 1,700 copper miners are standing up against Asarco’s union-busting drive. They’ve kept up picket lines 24/7 and reached out for solidarity and support.    The company, which has three mines — Mission, Ray and…


Copper strikers’ struggle against Asarco bosses needs solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020

“We’re on the picket line standing up to violations and abuse of workers and the environment by Asarco,” Eduardo Placencio, recording secretary of striking United Steelworkers Local 937 at the Mission Mine south of Tucson, told the Militant by phone…


‘We need our own party, a labor party’

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020
Retiree Ernest Williams, left, in North Long Beach Feb. 27, tells SWP candidate for vice president Malcolm Jarrett, right, and campaigner Bernie Senter that half his pension goes for medical expenses. SWP calls for government-guaranteed cradle-to-grave health care, Jarrett said.

LOS ANGELES — The Socialist Workers Party candidates for president and vice president, Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett, campaigned among workers at the Farmer John pork processing plant here Feb. 28 during shift change. “It’s good you’re here in the…