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Kingston Mine Workers Vote on Unionization

Kingston Mine Workers Vote on Unionization



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A month after winning a decision from the National Labor Review Board, workers from the Huntington Co-Op Mine owned by the polygamous Kingston clan cast ballots to unionize.

The vote, which will take weeks to count, was sought by a group of miners trying to get representation from the United Mine Workers of America. They argued that their existing union was a puppet organization for the Kingstons.

Workers had a choice of remaining in their existing union, joining the UMWA or opting for neither.

Only a handful of miners were eligible to vote after an N-L-R-B ruling in November preventing workers related to the Kingston clan by blood or marriage from voting on, and potentially crushing, the move to a different union.

The Kingstons have appealed that ruling to a different N-L-R-B board.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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