Workers Going to Court Over Layoffs

Workers Going to Court Over Layoffs

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Some Kennecott mine workers are fighting to save their jobs.

The union workers claim they were illegally fired in retaliation for their organizing activities. They're planning a rally today -- and they expect to take their claims to Utah's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The workers, 120 of them, were let go just days after the company and the union settled a long contract fight.

The company says the layoffs had been in the works for a long time because of a weak market for the mine's copper.

But the union workers say the individuals who were fired were singled out as discrimination because of their union activities.

Another Kennecott worker is pursuing a complaint with the Utah Labor Commission. He was on active military reserve duty when he was let go -- reportedly without notice.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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