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ASARCO strike marks 90 days

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SAHUARITA - The ASARCO strike hit day 90 Saturday afternoon.

"Five properties, seven unions and 90 days too many," Karla Schumann, the secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 104 said.

On the picket line, ASARCO employees welcomed Southern Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, California Congressman Jimmy Gomez and union leaders from Southern California.

"They are standing up for us," Rep. Grijalva said. "By standing up and demanding a multi-national corporation like Group Mexico, that they respond to working people in this country with the decency, the fairness and the equity and the justice that working people deserve and have earned."

Union leaders say ASARCO parent company, Groupo Mexico, has refused to come to the table as workers fight for a new contract that includes more pay and better benefits.

"If it can happen here in Arizona it can happen in Kentucky, it can happen in West Virginia, Rep. Gomez said. "It can happen in every part of the country because it's not just isolated, this is a national fight and we must make sure everyone has skin in the game."

Grijalva is confident these strikers will ultimately win the fight.

The congressman believes the message will reverberate across the nation.

"The victory here and there will be a victory," he said. "And to those strikers, to their unions and the people that support them, at that moment, we will all understand that we not just took a stand for ourselves, but we took a stand for the American worker and this country."

News 4 Tucson has reached out to Groupo Mexico a number of times for comment, but we have not heard back.

Eric Fink

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