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    Default Talc plant workers protest in Three Forks after bosses lock them out

    Nearly three dozen workers and their families were on the picket line in Three Forks on Friday morning after they were locked out of Imerys Talc America.

    Imerys, a company based in France, took over the plant about seven years ago. They are taking away the union workers' retiree insurance, seniority, overtime clauses, as well as altering their work rules and classifications.

    The union workers didn’t ratify the new contract with the company, and as of 7 p.m. Thursday 35 union workers were locked out of their jobs.

    The union workers haven’t stopped protesting since the lockout.

    “We’re not happy that they’re coming in to take our jobs. We’re not striking, they took us out and told us they didn’t want us there," said Rendy Tocci, president of Boilermakers Local D-239.

    "We’re willing to go to work tomorrow as long as they change their conditions and try to come to the table and change some of the things they’re negotiating for that we’re not agreeing with,” Tocci said.

    These workers say they haven’t been happy with the company since they came in.

    “This is the most disgusting company I have ever worked for. They are so unethical, liars and greed. Nothing but greed," said Denny Delaittre, a union worker of 22 years. “We were kicked out of our jobs, not our choice. We want to work, we tried to work but they won’t let us cross. We have families to support.”
    Talc plant workers protest in Three Forks after bosses lock them - KPAX.com | Continuous News | Missoula & Western Montana

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    Default Montana Governor Visits Locked-Out Union Workers

    BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock gave his support to a group of 35 unionized employees of the talc-milling plant in Three Forks who have been locked out of their jobs for a week.

    The Montana Standard reports the Democratic governor told the workers to "stand strong" during his visit Thursday, acknowledging he is unable to intervene in the dispute between Imerys America and the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.

    The lockout started last week when contract negotiations broke down. Bullock says he hopes the parties will return to the table to negotiate again in "good faith."

    A company spokesperson said in a statement that the "final fair and reasonable offer to the Boilermakers — reached after nearly 3 months of negotiations — remains on the table."
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    Default Re: Montana Governor Visits Locked-Out Union Workers

    ‘It’s Time to Get Pissed Off’: In Montana, a Labor Standoff Has National Implications

    Will a lockout at a talc plant help Democrat Jon Tester save his Senate seat?

    This could go in the political forum but since it revolves around this lock out story, here goes.

    For the past 38 years, Randy Tocci, 58, has worked at the Imerys talc plant in his hometown of Three Forks, Montana, a quiet community of 2,000 residents just a few miles from where the Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson rivers converge to form the Missouri. As lead maintenance warehouseman and president of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local #D239, Tocci considers himself a lifer at the company.

    Yet, despite increasing profits, the French-owned corporation recently banned all union workers from the job site and posted a security detail at the company gates. The lockout began on August 2, six days after Imerys announced revenue of $2.6 billion (an 11.9 percent increase) in the first half of 2018 and the same day union members voted 28-7 to reject a contract that would have reduced overtime pay, frozen pensions, and eliminated health insurance for new retirees.
    Since then, Imerys’s actions have made headlines across Montana, and elected officials from both parties have urged the company to continue negotiations. But the strongest words of condemnation have come from Senator Jon Tester, a grain farmer and second-term Democrat who’s facing a tough reelection bid.
    https://www.thenation.com/article/mo...ection-tester/
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    Default Re: Talc plant workers protest in Three Forks after bosses lock them out

    Locked-out union workers reach agreement with talc plant
    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Locked-out union workers have approved a three-year contract with the owners of a talc milling plant in Montana after 90 days on the picket lines.

    The 35 employees of the French-owned Imerys Talc America are scheduled to go back to work at the plant in Three Forks on Nov. 11 after a week of paid, off-site training, said Randy Tocci, president of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local D-239.
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    "This was a tough and tense time, and we appreciate those who joined us on the picket line, who sent emails and letters of support, who donated food and supplies and funds for us and who encouraged us to stand strong," Tocci told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle .

    Montana's politicians supported workers, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and U.S. House candidate Kathleen Williams visiting the picket lines while Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and Attorney General Tim Fox urged Imerys to continue discussions with union workers.
    https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/...h-13351660.php
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    Default Re: Talc plant workers protest in Three Forks after bosses lock them out

    Victory for Boilermakers at Imerys Talc
    “This was a hard-fought victory, and it’s a victory to be sure. In this lockout, the workers from L-D239 endured extreme hardships: no paychecks, no insurance, the daily stress of picket line, constant uncertainty and the disappointment of a failed mediation attempt,” said J. Tom Baca from the Boilermakers Western States Section. “But they stuck it out. They didn’t give up.”

    Their determination worked. Imerys agreed to go back to the negotiating table on 25 October, where the two parties reached an agreement to end the lockout. Days later, L-D239 ratified a new three-year contract that reclaimed most of the benefits and work conditions the union initially sought to preserve from previous contracts, including seniority and overtime provisions. Imerys agreed to a one-year extension before health insurance will no longer be available as a benefit to new retirees. The union agreed to drop unfair labour practice charges it filed against Imerys with the National Labor Relations Board.

    “Thirty-two workers [three workers left Imerys for other jobs] getting their jobs back and with an agreeable three-year contract in a tiny town in Montana might not seem like much to some, but the reality is, this is a major win not only for the Boilermakers, but for all unions. What L-D239 achieved is proof that solidarity works,” said Tom Baca.
    Victory for Boilermakers at Imerys Talc | IndustriALL
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