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The AFL-CIO Executive Council issued a strong statement of solidarity
for nearly 1800 workers involved in a bad-faith bargaining strike at
five different locations in Texas and Arizona against Asarco.Six MTD affiliates are engaged in the strike — Boilermakers,
Electrical Workers, Machinists, Operating Engineers, Steel Workers and
United Association — as well as the Teamsters.

The AFL-CIO pointed out Asarco, owned by Mexican multinational mining
company Grupo Mexico, has refused basic wage increases for more than
10 years, has doubled workers’ health care premiums, and has frozen
workers’ pension plans.

The statement added the company is hiring strikebreakers and may be
permanently replacing striking workers.

The Asarco mines are responsible for almost two-thirds of the U.S.
copper output.

MTD President Michael Sacco sits on the AFL-CIO Executive Council as
its longest serving vice president.

The full text of the AFL-CIO statement: