‘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…


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…



Join Asarco strikers at Feb. 24 rally!

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

Workers forced out on strike by Asarco copper bosses in Arizona and Texas are coming together Feb. 24 to protest outside the national conference of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration at the Convention Center in Phoenix. Some 6,000…




Asarco strikers fight for union, first raise in 10 years

Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019
Workers rally Nov. 18 in solidarity with copper workers on strike against Asarco at company headquarters in Tucson, Arizona. The miners, who struck Oct. 13, are fighting union busting.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Solidarity for striking copper workers got a boost from a Nov. 18 rally of 150 in front of Asarco’s headquarters here. The workers have been on strike since Oct. 13 at four mining complexes in Arizona and…