Union members vote to ratify contract at Pinto Valley mine
MIAMI, Ariz., August 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union and workers from five other international unions have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract covering approximately 420 Pinto Valley mine workers.
The mine, owned by Capstone Copper, employs about 170 members of USW Local 915, as well as members of the Teamsters, operating engineers, IBEW, Boilermakers and AU. The six unions, led by the USW, negotiate their collective agreements jointly with the company.
The new four-year contract includes average salary increases of 18%, a lump-sum signing bonus, lower member healthcare costs, better pension benefits, increased paid sick leave and the addition of visual coverage, as well as other contractual language enhancements.
The Pinto Valley mine, located about 75 miles east of Phoenixis one of the largest employers in the region.
Steelworkers District 12 Director Gaylan Prescottwhose office represents thousands of United Steelworkers members Arizona and 10 other western US states, said the agreement is an example of the strength workers can have when they stand together.
“The willpower of these miners, using their collective voices, has resulted in increased wages, improved benefits and dignity in their workplace,” Prescott said. “These workers, their families and the communities in which they live will all benefit from what this group has been able to achieve through its unity and solidarity.”
The United Steelworkers represents 850,000 men and women employed in the metal, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemical, glass, automotive and power generation industries, as well as a growing number of public sector and service workers.
For information, contact: RJ Hufnagel, [email protected]412-562-2450
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)