Union members from Idaho mine reject agreement with company

Posted at 2:12 AM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 04:12:55-05

SPOKANE, Washington — Members of a union representing workers at an Idaho mine have rejected a tentative agreement that could have ended a two-and-half year strike.

The Spokesman-Review reported Monday that United Steelworkers Local 5114 and Hecla Mining Company announced a tentative agreement in November that required ratification by a majority of union members.

Union officials say a third party counted ballots Monday finding that the majority voted against the proposed contract. Officials say the union represents about 200 workers at the Lucky Friday Mine near Mullan, Idaho.

Hecla Mining was not immediately available for comment.