Asarco workers vote to end 4-month strike

Nov 14, 2005 | 01:47 PM | Matthew Lerner

Strikers at Asarco Inc. voted overwhelmingly this weekend to return to work, ending a four-month dispute with the bankrupt copper miner that disrupted operations as prices for the red metal soared amid serious supply constraints.

Workers could be back to work by Tuesday after showing strong support for a settlement with a voting ratio of about 30 to one, according to Terry Bonds, District 12 director of the United Steelworkers union.

When asked if the vote could signal the advent of more positive labor relations, Bonds answered "I think so. The creditors committee should take control to a great extent. Grupo (Mexico SA de CV) had not been operating to the benefit of Asarco." Grupo Mexico is the parent company of Asarco.....

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