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Lucky Friday miners authorize strike

| March 12, 2017 10:20 PM

The Lucky Friday Miners apart of United Steelworkers (USW) local Union 5114 Chapter have voted to authorize a strike — 230 votes in favor, two against.

Union members will begin the strike and take to the picket line on Monday, March 13 at 5:30 a.m.

The strike vote itself, which occurred in the Mullan Pavilion Sunday night, was spurred by the Hecla Mining Co. announcing that they were going to partially implement their purposed “last, best, & final.”

This offer was unanimously rejected by the Lucky Friday miners on Feb. 18 when they voted it down — 222 votes against, zero in favor.

Only a simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote was needed to authorize the strike.

The Shoshone News-Press will continue this developing story.

To read the previous article on the announcement to implement: http://www.shoshonenewspress.com/article/20170311/ARTICLE/170319988