Unions Announce Tentative Agreement with Asarco

Contact: Tony Montana, 412-562-2592, tmontana@usw.org

Albuquerque, N.M. — The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that its Unified Bargaining Committee, which includes representatives from USW, International Association of Machinists, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, reached a tentative agreement for a comprehensive labor contract with Asarco covering more than 500 bargaining unit members at the company’s Ray and Hayden locations in Arizona, as well as a facility in Amarillo, Texas.

“The three-year agreement will be voted on by the membership on May 29, and if approved, will become effective June 1, 2024,” said USW District 12 Director Gaylan Prescott, who chaired the Unified Bargaining Committee. “After many years of fighting, we have achieved fairness and justice for Asarco workers.”

“Our agreement is major a milestone, marking unprecedented, collectively bargained improvements at Asarco,” Prescott said. “Our pride in the union members’ solidarity, sheer grit and determination cannot be overstated.”

“Our jobs will be safer, pay better and benefits more secure under the proposed new agreement,” Prescott said. “We are confident members will be pleased with the hard-won results.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in tech, public sector and service occupations.

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